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    Supreme Court: Comprehensive Clean Up of the River Plate, Not Piecemeal

    Friday, July 31st, 2009

    Argentina’s Supreme Court, in a case initiated in 2003 by the Municipality of Berazategui against Aguas Argentinas SA (now known as Aguas y Saneamientos Argentinos SA – AySA) and the national government, has annulled an injunction issued by the Federal Appeals Court of La Plata ordering the construction — within eighteen months — of […]

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    Oaxaca Gets a Comprehensive Waste Law

    Friday, June 5th, 2009

    The legislature of the Mexican state of Oaxaca (OX) just sent the governor a gift for World Environment Day: a comprehensive state solid waste law.
    Since Mexico adopted its federal General Law for the Prevention and Integrated Management of Wastes in 2003, the Federal District (DF) and many states have adopted their own general waste laws, […]

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    Improving Water and Sanitation in Puerto Plata

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    US$27.5 Million for Water and Sanitation in Tourist Areas
    The World Bank’s Board of Directors approved today a US$27.5 million loan to improve the potable water and sanitation supply in the tourist area of Puerto Plata, located in the North of the Dominican Republic.
    The Water and Sanitation in Tourist Areas Project will benefit […]

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    Cleaning Up the Medellín River / Limpieza del río Medellín

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Medellín will complete historic river clean-up with IDB financing

    $450 million loan will help turn Colombia’s second largest city into one of Latin America’s cleanest urban areas

    The City of Medellín will complete an ambitious program to rehabilitate a vital river and improve the quality of life of local communities with up […]

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    Shell Chemical to Clean Up Its Plant in Puerto Rico

    Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

    From the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
    Shell to Pay $1 Million Penalty, Enhance Pollution Controls for Clean Water Act Violations in Puerto Rico
    Shell Chemical Yabucoa, Inc. of Puerto Rico has agreed to pay a $1,025,000 penalty and spend at least $273,800 enhancing its pollution controls and monitoring to remedy Clean Water Act violations. The agreement, […]

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    Brazil to Release GHG Inventory for Waste & Sanitation Sectors / Brasil vai divulgar dados sobre a emissão de gases de efeito estufa do setor de resíduos sólidos e efluentes

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    While many developing nations — including most Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations — are content to submit the minimum communication required under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Brazil has not taken the easy route.  If you check the Temas listing of national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories,  you’ll see that no less […]

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    US-Mexico State Partnership on Climate Change & Air Pollution?

    Friday, September 26th, 2008

    Last month Mexico’s Environment Secretary, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, suggested even closer cooperation on climate change and air pollution issues between the states on both sides of the US-Mexico border.  Speaking at the Border Governors Conference in Hollywood, California, Elvira Quesada proposed that the six Mexican border states (Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Sonora, […]

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    IDB Grants to Jump-Start Water & Sanitation Projects / Donaciones del BID para impulsar proyectos de agua y saneamiento / Doações do BID para projetos de saneamento e água

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development (IDB):
    IDB offers grants to jump-start water and sanitation projects
    Aquafund will finance project preparation and technical assistance to develop solutions for pressing water and sanitation problems
    Latin American and Caribbean governments that want to improve water and sanitation services can now apply for grants from the Aquafund, a new source of financing approved […]

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    Why is LAC Slow to Tap Carbon Funds?

    Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

    The Dominican Republic’s Environment Secretariat (SEMARENA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently co-hosted an event in Santo Domingo designed to prompt Dominicans into tapping the many international funding opportunities for projects related, directly or directly, to climate change (“carbon markets”).
    And well they should! For some […]

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    EIB & IDB to Team Up on Climate Change Mitigation in LAC

    Thursday, June 5th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    EIB & IDB to increase co-financing in Latin America, with special emphasis on climate change mitigation
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation and cofinancing to support strategic development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    In their meeting in the […]

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