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    CNPq to Invest R$22 million in Biofuel Research

    Sunday, November 4th, 2007

    Brazil's National Council on Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) has announced that it will invest R$ 22 million to stimulate research that aids improvements in the production of ethanol and biodiesel in Brazil.  The resources will be tapped from CNPq's existing Sectoral Funds for Petroleum and Natural Gas (CT-Petro), Agro-business (CT-Agro) and Biotechnology (CT-Biotechnology).  Two […]

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    Alcohol Consumption in Brazil IV: Drinking-Related Problems; Policy Responses

    Sunday, October 14th, 2007

    At end-2005, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resolved to undertake a regional effort to combat alcohol consumption under the guidance of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). As they do, they’ll likely study the efforts of Brazil to take the lead on the issue. This past spring Brazil adopted a national policy and not […]

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    Alcohol Consumption in Brazil II: Binge Drinking

    Thursday, October 11th, 2007

    Back at the end of 2005, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resolved to undertake a regional effort to combat alcohol consumption under the guidance of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). As they do, they’ll likely study the efforts of Brazil to take the lead on the issue. This past spring Brazil adopted a […]

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    The Changing Face of Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    With much fanfare a collection of Brazil’s Ministers — Environment (MMA), Agrarian Development (MDA), Agriculture (MAPA) — and the chief of President Lula’s Civil Cabinet held a joint press conference a few weeks ago to announce the latest deforestation data and projections for the Brazilian Amazon (“Amazônia Legal” as Brazil calls it, comprises 9 states […]

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    Exchanging Refrigerators and Air Conditioners to Combat Climate Change

    Monday, July 9th, 2007

    The Environment Secretariat (SEA) of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) recently signed an agreement with a power company (Ampla) to initiate a program of the exchanging old refrigerators and air conditioners for new ones among the state’s poor families. A similar agreement is to be signed with Light, another power provider in […]

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    Environment Provisions in LAC Constitutions

    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

    Enshrining the Green It is by now common to most constitutions in Ibero-American LAC — including many of the state and provincial constitutions in federal republics of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico — to have environmental provisions, although they differ in content, context, clarity and detail. Most of these provisions are minimal, and have one or […]

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    The Basics II, Foundations: Is a Constitutional Provision on the Environment Necessary?

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    I had in the backlog queue a “Basics” piece on the importance of setting a solid environmental governance foundation through adoption of properly crafted and targeted laws, but held off publishing it for Temas administrative reasons I will not go into here. In the meantime, however, the Dominican Republic (DR) has come forward with ideas […]

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    Overview of Consumer Authorities in LAC

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    Classifying the National Entities Putting aside for the moment the complex and unique Brazilian system (discussed below), are there distinctive ways LAC nations organize who is charge of setting consumer protection policy and defending consumer interests? I have yet to see anyone else suggest a typology for consumer entities (in LAC or elsewhere), so here’s […]

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    Overview of Consumer Law in LAC

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    The Broad Influences If you had looked around LAC in the early 1980s, you would have been hard pressed to find a country with a framework consumer protection law, code, statute or regulation (I believe only Colombia had a simple one).  Yes, many had market authorization laws, regulations, Sanitary Codes or special product -based codes […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC III – Consumer Agencies in LAC

    Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

    To make up for missing World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), I promised to give you a five-part overview of consumer protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In Part I, I looked at how consumer agencies and consumer NGOs in the region celebrated the Day. In Part II-A I examined how intergovernmental bodies […]

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