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Musings about the Evolution of Consumer, Environmental & Health Policy in Latin America & the Caribbean

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A Computer Waste Bill for Rio Grande do Sul

Fri, 02 Oct 2009 15:24:55 +0000

A bill on information technology (IT) waste has been introduced in the state legislative of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS) that is similar to a law adopted in 2008 by its neighbor, Paraná. The bill would require producers, distributors and vendors of “informatic equipment” to create and maintain programs for their [...](image)

IDB Support for Colombia’s Climate Change Work / BID apoya esfuerzos de Colombia sobre el cambio climático

Fri, 02 Oct 2009 01:47:05 +0000

From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): IDB supports Colombia’s climate change agenda Reforms linked to new loan will help reduce vulnerability to climate change and take advantage of emerging carbon markets Colombia will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes reducing vulnerability and strengthening climate-related institutions, as part of a financial package approved yesterday by the Inter-American [...](image)

IEA Proposes Ways to Decarbonize Power & Cut Energy Intensity in Industry

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 16:11:25 +0000

From the International Energy Agency (IEA): IEA proposes approaches to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the key sectors, industry and power “In the global fight against climate change, the industry and power sectors both play a key role,” said Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) today in Paris. “Industry is one of the [...](image)

Caribbean Public Health Authority on Track for Launch in 2010

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 02:34:56 +0000

From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM): REGION GEARS UP FOR HEALTH AUTHORITY IN 2010 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers of Health meeting in Washington DC, USA at their 18th Caucus fully endorsed the time table for the establishment of the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA) in 2010. Among the actions leading up to the start up of CARPHA are the [...](image)

World Bank: Climate Change Adaptation Could Cost $75-100 bn/yr / Banco Mundial: la adaptación al cambio climático costará US$75.000-100.000 millones al año

Thu, 01 Oct 2009 00:16:55 +0000

From the  World Bank: Adapting to Climate Change to Cost US$75-100 Billion a year New global estimate for cost of adaptation to climate change in developing countries The costs of adaptation to climate change in developing countries will be in the order of US$75-100 billion per year for the period 2010 to 2050 according to preliminary findings in [...](image)

More Brazilian States Opt for Smoke-Free Environments

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 03:18:18 +0000

The push for smoke-free environments continues to march across Brazilian states — how long before federal legislators decide to extend such protections nationwide? Today the governors of the southern state of Paraná (PR) and the western state of Amazonas (AM) signed new tobacco control laws, joining Ceará (CE), Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and São Paulo (SP) [...](image)

A WEEE Bill for Amazonas

Sat, 26 Sep 2009 20:36:21 +0000

This week Amazonas (AM) became the latest state in which a bill on  “technological trash” (lixo tecnologico or e-lixo) – the Brazilians nickname for what is known elsewhere as WEEE or e-waste — has been introduced. Unlike bills recently introduced in the northeastern states of Bahia and Pernambuco, which are based primarily on a Law on [...](image)

A Global Initiative on Efficient Lighting

Sat, 26 Sep 2009 18:32:05 +0000

From the Global Environment Facility (GEF): Lighting Up the Climate Change Challenge A new global initiative to accelerate the uptake of low energy light bulbs and efficient lighting systems was launched today by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The close to $20 million initiative, the Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting [...](image)

Prospects for Jatropha-based Biodiesel in LAC

Sat, 26 Sep 2009 11:45:13 +0000

From the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA): Jatropha touted as “one of the best alternatives” for biodiesel production in the Americas Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica discussed the generation of fuels from Jatropha curcas, also known as physic nut or piñoncillo. According to Jamil Macedo, coordinator of a hemispheric agroenergy network, “Despite its limitations, the [...](image)

Improving State-Level Environmental Governance in Brazil / Melhorar Gestão Ambiental Estadual no Brasil

Fri, 25 Sep 2009 22:35:45 +0000

Temas Observation: Note how this loan/project is being marketed. The headline trumpets “green growth” when in reality the program is more about strengthening environmental governance/institutions, arguably not as sexy a topic. The Bank argues that this is about ensuring economic growth is as green as possible through good regulation by competent, properly-equipped environmental [...](image)