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    Rio Adopts Law on Used Oil and Motor Oil Filters

    Friday, September 18th, 2009

    The governor of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) state today signed a law regarding the final disposition of used lubricating oils and their filters.  The new law, rather short and simple, does four things:

    limits the sale of lubricating oils to those establishments equipped with “an adequate area” and “necessary specific equipment” for the collection of used […]

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    $10 Mn. to Protect Three Critical Peruvian Watersheds / US$10 miliones para proteger tres cuencas peruanas

    Friday, July 24th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Peru will protect three critical watersheds with IDB financing

    $10 million loan will finance integrated strategies for reducing water waste and conserving ecosystems in the Chira-Piura, Santa and Tacna watersheds

    Peru will implement an integrated approach to protecting water resources and related ecosystems in three critical watersheds with a $10 million loan […]

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    World Bank: Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services Severely Undervalued

    Monday, April 6th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services Severely Undervalued

    New World Bank Review Calls for Action to Protect the Marine Environment

    Properly valuing coastal and marine ecosystem services is critical to sustainable development, according to the World Bank publication “Environment Matters 2008” launched today.
    Titled: “Valuing Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services”, the review argues that while we […]

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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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    Turning Manioc Production Wastewater into New Products

    Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

    The young Brazilian men pictured at right, Leandro Aguiar and Alexsandro Pereira, remind me strongly of a trio of Córdoba, Argentine students I wrote about early on this blog for a reason: they looked at a local waste problem and figured out a way not only to reduce or eliminate the waste, but turn it […]

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    Largest Biofuel Loan Yet by a Multilateral Bank

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

    Temas Note: This announcement is interesting to me for at least four reasons. First, as the title says, this is the largest biofuel loan package yet made by a multilateral development bank (MDB). [I doubt that record will stand, and probably will not even stand for very long.]
    Second, it underscores IDB’s commitment […]

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    Can a Huge Luxury Resort = Sustainable Tourism?

    Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

    Can a 650-acre seaside luxury resort in Costa Rica be a full-fledged "sustainable tourism" destination? 
    Steve Case, the co-founder of America Online (AOL), says it can.
    Case launched the company Revolution LLC  in 2005 "to build companies based on disruptive business models that give people more choice, control and convenience in the important aspects of their […]

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    Mandatory Independent Monitoring of Ecopetrol’s Discharges

    Friday, September 21st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Colombia's Environment Ministry (MAVDT) recently announced that the nation's public energy firm, Ecopetrol, will have its all its discharges into the Orotoy and Guamal Rivers permanently monitored and verified by an independent specialist company to check that they comply fully with environmental norms.  Audits will be published periodically. 
    Ecopetrol has also been […]

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    Regulación Modelo de Aguas Residuales para Centroamérica

    Saturday, September 8th, 2007

    Desde la Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD):
    CCAD inicia proceso de implementación de Regulación Modelo de Aguas Residuales en Centroamérica
    En el marco del Acuerdo de Cooperación que mantiene con USAID para apoyar a los países de la región en el cumplimiento de los compromisos ambientales del DR-CAFTA, la CCAD inició desde finales de agosto […]

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    Sustainable Agriculture as a Key to Protecting the Mesoamerican Reef

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: WWF has concluded an agreement with major Honduran producers of palm oil — specifically Palmas de San Alejo and AGROTOR, subsidiaries of the JAREMAR Group — to adopt specified good agricultural management practices in order to reduce the impact their production has on the nearby huge Mesoamerican Reef (MAR). The agreement […]

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