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  • Brazil’s PAC for Sanitation

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

    When Brazil’s multifaceted Program for Accelerated Growth (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento – PAC) was announced in 2007, it included a segment earmarked for improving infrastructure in provision of drinking water and sanitation services.
    Today the head of the Civil House, Dilma Rousseff, and the Minister of Cities, Márcio Fortes, announced a list of 109 projects […]

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    Vale Invests Heavily in Biodiesel from Palm Oil

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

    Desde Vale:
    Vale vai investir na produção de biodiesel

    Consórcio será o maior produtor de óleo de palma das Américas

    A Vale acaba de dar mais um passo em busca de uma matriz energética mais sustentável. A empresa anuncia hoje (24/06) o consórcio com a Biopalma da Amazônia S.A para produzir óleo de palma, matéria-prima para obtenção de […]

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    A Wind Atlas for Espírito Santo

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

    A highlight of the Second Capixaba Energy Forum held in Vitória, the capital of the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo (ES), was the formal launch of a wind atlas for ES laying out the state’s potential for power generation from wind. The ES government hopes that the atlas will attract investment in wind power in […]

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    Brazil Steps Up Funding for Women’s Cancer Exams

    Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

    Brazil’s Health Ministry (MS) announced today two measures to improve access to breast and cervix cancer screening within the country’s Unified Health System (SUS).  R$ 94.5 million will be invested over the next three years to increase Pap tests and mammograms (see table below). In addition, in June 2009 the Information System for Breast Cancer Control (SISMAMA) will be brought […]

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    US$71.5 mil. for Water and Sanitation in Espírito Santo

    Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank Approves US$71.5 Million Additional Finance for Water and Coastal Pollution Management
    The World Bank today approved an additional finance of US$71.5 million to the State of Espírito Santo, in Southeastern Brazil, to carry out activities under the Espírito Santo Water and Coastal Pollution Management Project, which aims to provide improved water […]

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    Eco-certification for Tourism: Blue Flag Comes to Brazil

    Saturday, February 14th, 2009

    Desde o Instituto Ambiental Ratones (IAR):
    Programa Bandeira Azul

    Em 2008, a certificação Bandeira Azul foi concedida a mais de 3200 praias e marinas em todo o mundo. Atualmente, 38 países participam do programa, representando todos os continentes, entre eles estão quase a totalidade dos países costeiros europeus e do leste europeu, cinco países caribenhos, Marrocos e […]

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    CVRD Opts for Railroad Ties of Recycled Plastic

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    Brazil’s largest logistics operator and owner of three of its railroads, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), has decided to start using ties made of recycled plastic and rubber rather than the traditional wood.  CVRD owns the railroads Estrada de Ferro Carajás (EFC), Estrada de Ferro Vitória a Minas (EFVM) and Ferrovia Centro-Atlântica (FCA), and […]

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    Dia Sem Carro

    Friday, September 21st, 2007

    Tomorrow, Saturday 22 September, is World Carfree Day.
    The annual event begun in France in 1998 and now worldwide, is intended as a day when everyone leaves their car at home and utilizes public transport, walks or rides a bicycle.
    The resulting quiet, lack of traffic congestion and cleaner air is intended to make people reflect on […]

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    It’s Clean Up the World Weekend — Get Involved!

    Friday, September 14th, 2007

    This weekend across the world, including much of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), people will be joining NGOs and community groups in events designed to clean up beaches, coastal waters, rivers, lakes, parks, reserves and their surroundings as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend. Copied below is the official press […]

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    Recycling Coconuts I: More Than Just a Vessel for Agua de Coco

    Saturday, October 28th, 2006

    The Next Time You Have a Cool Agua de Coco…

    Photos Courtesy of Coco Verde

    Have you ever stopped at a street vendor’s stand, a kiosk along the Malecon or at a shopping mall to have a coconut hacked open by machete so you can sip a cool agua de coco? And perhaps after you draw […]

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