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    Improving Bolivia’s Agricultural Health & Food Safety / Mejorando salud agropecuaria y la seguridad de los alimentos de Bolivia

    Thursday, December 4th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): Bolivia to improve agricultural health and food safety with IDB support Loans to help Bolivia to improve competitiveness of agricultural production Bolivia will receive a US$10 million loan from the Inter American Development Bank to better control agricultural crops and livestock pests and diseases. The funds will also be […]

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    Minas Releases Its Own Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    Sunday, November 30th, 2008

    Earlier this year the Brazilian state of MInas Gerais (MG) released an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2005.  I found this inventory interesting and this you might too.  MG has a more diverse economy than most Brazilian states, being a leader in agriculture, mining and industry, all with different impacts on GHG emissions.  […]

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    Brazil Will Monitor All Its Biomass by Satellite

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is financing a project by the Brazilian Environment Ministry (MMA) and environment agency (IBAMA) that will expand satellite monitoring to detect deforestation from just the Amazon region (which has been underway since 1988) to all its biomass.  Thus monitoring will be added for the Cerrado, Caatinga, […]

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    US$300 Mil. to Help Mexico Improve Environmental Management in Key Sectors / US$300 para apoyar a México mejorar manejo ambiental en sectores claves

    Friday, October 3rd, 2008

    From the World Bank: World Bank Supports Mexican Initiative to Improve Environmental Management in Key Sectors of the Economy US$300 Million to Develop Environmental Policies The World Bank Board of Directors approved today a loan for US$300.75 million to assist the Mexican government in its effort to better integrate sector policies in order to achieve […]

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    São Paulo Launches Ambitious Research Program on Climate Change / São Paulo Lança Programa de Pesquisa sobre Mudanças Climáticas

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    The São Paulo State Research Foundation (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo – FAPESP) has launched its own R$100 million, 10-year research program on climate change.  The new Research Program on Global Climate Change (Programa FAPESP de Pesquisa sobre Mudanças Climáticas Globais – PFPMCG) will have three main components: an “observational […]

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    Study Suggests High Climate Change Vulnerability for Brazil’s Northern States / Relatório indica vulnerabilidade climática alta para o Norte do Brasil

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE) and its largest mining company (and second largest in the world), CVRD (now just calling itself “Vale“), last week released the first of three reports on the impact of climate change on the vegetation, agriculture, biodiversity and energy generating capacity of the states […]

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    CNPq to Invest R$8 Million in Alternative Fertilizer Research

    Monday, September 1st, 2008

    Brazil’s National Council on Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) has announced that it will invest R$8 million to stimulate research into the development of alternative fertilizers.  The program is an acknowledgment of the fact that much of current Brazilian agricultural production utilizes fertilizers from non-renewable sources, often imported, that can create both economic problems for […]

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    Estimating Climate Change’s Probable Economic Impacts on Central America

    Monday, June 2nd, 2008

    Temas Note: Check this post for a discussion of an earlier attempt at analyzing the economic impacts of global climate change for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that served as the regional input to the Stern Review. ________________________ From the UN Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (ECLAC): Study On the Economics […]

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    Amazonas “Visionary” on Climate Change?

    Friday, September 7th, 2007

    In June Amazonas became the first Brazilian state to adopt a state law on climate change, together with one creating a State System of Conservation Units (UCs). The laws were widely praised by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working on environment and conservation issues. A Greenpeace spokesman even declared them to be “almost visionary, but perfectly capable […]

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    Sustainable Energy & Climate Change Fund for LAC Launched / Lanzó el Fondo de Energía Sostenible y Cambio Climático para ALC / Lançou o Fundo de Energia Sustentável e Mudança Climática

    Thursday, August 9th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): IDB approves US$20 million for Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Fund Fund will support economically and environmentally sound energy options in Latin America and the Caribbean The Inter-American Development Bank today launched the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Fund (SECCI Fund), with an initial US$20 million contribution, to support […]

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