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  • One Million Environment-Friendly Homes

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

    If you have followed Brazil much in recent years, President Lula’s interest in building “popular housing” for low-income households will not surprise you, and if you read The Temas Blog, you know that many of those being built already are fitted with solar water heaters on their roofs.
    But the Lula Administration is now taking it […]

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    Climate Change May Hit Andean Nations Hard

    Thursday, June 12th, 2008

    In early May the Andean Community (CAN) released its report on the probable impact of global climate change on its four member states (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru).
    One of the key conclusions of El Carmbio Climático no tiene fronteras (“Climate Change Does Not Have Borders”) is that by 2025 the impacts of global climate change will […]

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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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    IDB “Infrastructure” Funds with an Environmental Twist / Financiamento del BID para “Infrastructura” con Dimensiones Ambientales

    Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently has approved several projects that it labels as involving infrastructure, but to my mind, have a pronounced environmental slant.
    IDB officials will of course claim that most of its loans in the last 10-15 years have had an environmental dimension, especially those involving infrastructure. Most Bank critics will retort […]

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    Brazilians Seek to Design the Eco-Efficient Home

    Sunday, November 19th, 2006

    In a prior entry I introduced you to the experiments of the Federal University of Santa Catarina’s (UFSC) Construction Systems Laboratory with constructing homes using PET bottles. Today I’ll introduce you to the work of another innovative part of the UFSC, the Energy-Efficient Construction Laboratory (LabEEE). LabEEE’s main mission is research and development […]

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