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    A Unique Environmental Institution

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    Right now, until 05 February, environmental groups across Brazil are electing their representatives on the National Environment Council (Conselho Nacional do Meio Ambiente – CONAMA). The more than 500 environment nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the Environment Ministry’s (MMA) National Registry of Environmental Entities (Cadastro Nacional de Entidades Ambientalistas – CNEA) are voting for which individuals […]

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    Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon Drops

    Friday, January 23rd, 2009

    Brazil’s Environment Minister, Carlos Minc, just announced at a press conference that the pace of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell 82% in the last five months of 2008 compared to a similar period in 2007. Minc attributes the drop to two factors: policies put into place by the federal government and regional authorities, and […]

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    Espirito Santo Prepares for Chemical Emergencies

    Thursday, January 8th, 2009

    Five years ago when President Lula issued the decree launching the National Plan for the Prevention of, Preparation for and Response to Environmental Emergencies Involving Hazardous Chemicals Products (“P2R2”), a cornerstone of the Plan’s implementation was the establishment by all the states and the Federal District (DF) of their own committees (“CE-P2R2”) to coordinate planning, […]

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    Caixa Will Only Loan to Construction Using Certified Legal Wood / Caixa só financiará empreendimentos usuários de madeira legal

    Monday, January 5th, 2009

    The Brazilians have decided that if they are to ever reach their goal of wiping out illegal logging in the Amazon, they need to do more than more than just step up police raids, support sustainable wood use projects, create new parks, digitize monitoring, monitor biomass in realtime by satellite, and target key states. The […]

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    IBAMA Sets Record for Environmental Licensing

    Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

    Brazil’s environment agency, IBAMA, has announced that it set a new record for issuing environmental licenses during 2008. IBAMA is not in charge of all environmental licensing in Brazil: much of that is done by state and local environment bodies. IBAMA issued 467 licenses in 2008, almost a 27% increase over licenses granted in 2007 […]

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    Targeting Key States in Brazil’s Battle vs. Amazon Deforestation

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

    The Norwegian government is funding, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is administering, a US$4.3 million pilot project by Brazil’s Environment Ministry (MMA) and the governments of three states — Acre (AC), Mato Grosso (MT) and Pará (PA) — to combat deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.  As I’ve noted here in the past, MT and […]

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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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    Brazilian Resistance to Beer in PET Bottles

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

    Brazilian brewers wanting to market their beers in PET bottles are not having a good year.  First a court ruling that such bottles pose a significant risk to the environment, and therefore require environmental impact studies and licensing.  Then a state ban on pigmented PET, and now a looming state ban on PET bottles for […]

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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 […]

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    Greening Pizzerias?

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Brazilians are serious about their pizza, especially in São Paulo. In the state capital alone there are an estimated 5,850 pizzerias and about 8,000 bakeries that offer pizzas. About 40,000 pizzas are made every hour in the capital, and in the metro São Paulo area 42.9 million units are produced each month. […]

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