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  • Rio Grande do Sul Bets on Unusual Waste Treatment Technology

    Friday, February 13th, 2009

    The government of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS) just signed a letter of intent with Rio de Janeiro-based Mundo Limpo (“Clean World”) to install ten unusual municipal solid waste treatment plants.  The two parties say that the pact should involve R$300 million in investments that generate about 10,000 direct jobs. […]

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    Colombia’s New Hazardous Waste Law

    Saturday, January 17th, 2009

    At the end of 2008 Colombia adopted a new Law on Prohibitive Environmental Norms Regarding Hazardous Waste and Discards.  The new law is intended to close loopholes in prior law regarding hazardous waste imports, to toughen sanctions and enforcement, and to clarify liability for hazardous wastes from cradle-to-grave.  That it does, mostly.
    But it repeats an […]

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    Brasil vai elaborar cenário nacional de emissões de gases de efeito estufa em 2030 / Brazil to Prepare National Scenario for Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2030

    Thursday, November 6th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The World Bank is funding the preparation of a national scenario for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for Brazil for the year 2030, which Brazil hopes to have ready to forward in 2009 to the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  The Brazilian team includes the Science and Technology […]

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    Brazil Adopts New Battery Rules

    Friday, September 12th, 2008

    Brazil’s National Environment Council (CONAMA) just replaced the country’s groundbreaking 1999 rules on the environmental management of batteries and piles (pilhas) with even tougher ones.
    Manufacturers should take note, since legislators and regulators in other Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations will.  The original rules served as a reference point for many LAC policymakers, particularly since […]

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    Sao Paulo’s Green Cities Program Launched / Lançamento do Projeto Município Verde de São Paulo

    Saturday, July 21st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: São Paulo State’s governor, José Serra, and Environment Secretary, Xico Graziano, recently announced the formal launch of the “Green City” project promised as part of the Governor’s package of 21 strategic environmental measures. By early July, 393 of SP’s 645 cities had already signed onto the program’s protocol of 10 commitments, […]

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    A Friend’s Wise Observations on Sustainable Tourism

    Friday, September 1st, 2006

    The following discussion of what the Dominican Republic needs to do on the road to sustainable tourism was written last year by my friend and fellow Green Team member Jaime Moreno, was included as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) National Human Development Report 2005 for the Dominican Republic and was reprinted earlier this […]

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