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Ecobreves – ARGENTINA : E-Waste Bill In Danger, Say Activists

The Argentine government is blocking final approval of a bill on electronic waste that was passed four years ago by the country’s senate, according to the Argentine branch of Greenpeace.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Energy and Waste Generate the Bulk of CO2 Emissions in São Paulo

The energy and waste sectors were responsible for the emission of 16.43 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents in São Paulo last year, according to a study commissioned by the city’s department of the environment.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Brazil Joins Global Biodiversity Platform

Brazil has become the latest country to join the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), dedicated to promoting free and open access to data on biological diversity.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: Microfinance to Promote Clean Energy

The Microfinance Network of Honduras (Redmicroh) is promoting small-scale clean energy projects through its 27 member organizations willing to finance family farmers interested in entering this field.

Ecobreves – CHILE: Courts Rule Against Oil Company in Pollution Case

A Chilean court has ruled in favor of an appeal for legal protection filed by the community of Hualpén against Empresa Nacional del Petróleo, spurred by the foul odor produced by the oil company’s Biobío refinery in Concepción, 500 km south of Santiago.

Ecobreves – ARGENTINA : Social and Environmental Certification for Textiles

Argentine government certification to promote better social and environmental conditions in the textile industry has been granted for the first time to a clothing company.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: Agreement with EU to Protect Forests

The government of Honduras and the European Union have signed an agreement aimed at improving forest governance by prohibiting the illegal harvesting and sale of timber and establishing effective forest protection standards.

Ecobreves – MEXICO: Studying the Effect of Pollen on Human Allergies

Researchers in Mexico are studying the effect of pollen and spores on the incidence of human allergies in Mexico City.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Amazon Soy Moratorium Extended

Private companies, civil society organizations and the Ministry of Environment of Brazil have agreed to extend the Soy Moratorium – an agreement prohibiting the planting of soybeans on newly deforested areas in the Amazon region – until January 2014.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: New Ship Will Expand Knowledge of the Ocean Floor

Thank to a partnership between the government and private companies, Brazil will soon acquire one of the most modern oceanographic research vessels in the world.

Ecobreves – VENEZUELA: Fighting Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Nanotechnology

The Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), a government agency, is experimenting with the addition of diminutive particles – in this case, mineral salts such as iron, cobalt and nickel nitrate – to decrease the greenhouse gas emissions that are characteristic of the oil industry.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: A Dam to Confront Drought

“This is a dam to confront the drought, which will help us to protect our forests and to increase our crop yields,” declared Darío Figueroa from the community of Manzaragua in the southern Honduran department of El Paraíso.

Ecobreves – CHILE: Campaign Promotes Environmental Education For All

An innovative environmental education campaign in Chile seeks to motivate the public to adopt sustainable practices, through 15 “microprograms” that raise awareness and provide everyday solutions for a range of environmental problems.

Ecobreves – ARGENTINA : Alarm Raised Over Deforestation in Patagonia

Local residents, environmentalists and Mapuche indigenous communities have raised the alarm over two major real estate development projects in Villa La Angostura, in the southern Argentine province of Neuquén, which would involve the destruction of 1,100 hectares of forests.

Ecobreves – MEXICO: Artificial Photosynthesis Being Explored

The Mexican National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT) has launched an initiative to imitate natural photosynthesis for the purpose of generating alternative fuels and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Clones Could Save Endangered Species

The Brazilian government's agricultural research agency, EMBRAPA, has begun to work on cloning animals in danger of extinction.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: Peasant Farmers Adopt Organic Fertilizer

Small farmers in southern Honduras have begun to use organic fertilizer to improve their crops while promoting the creation of family farms in nearby villages.

Ecobreves – VENEZUELA: Lionfish Confirmed as Voracious Predator

The red lionfish (Pterois volitans), a species native to the Pacific Ocean that escaped from aquariums in the Caribbean Sea two decades ago, is advancing on fish stocks and devouring young specimens of dozens of species in the waters off northern Venezuela.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: New Center for the Recovery of the Flora and Fauna of Olancho

Honduran and international institutions have joined forces to construct a center aimed at preserving endangered flora and fauna, such as the jaguar, in the northeastern department of Olancho.

Ecobreves – CHILE: Government Assesses Construction of “Water Highway”

The government of Chile has commissioned preliminary studies for the proposed construction of a so-called water highway, which would transport water from the mouths of rivers in the south to the arid regions of the north.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Industrial Waste Used to Produce Concrete

Researchers at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of São Paulo have developed a type of concrete made with recycled materials.

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