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Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Football World Cup Will Emit 11 Million Tons of CO2

The Brazil 2014 Football World Cup will emit more than 11 million tons of carbon dioxide, according to a study conducted by the consulting firm Personal CO2 Cero.

Ecobreves – ARGENTINA : Communities to Monitor Clean-Up of Riachuelo River Basin

Residents of the Matanza-Riachuelo river basin, the most polluted in Argentina, situated south of the country’s capital, will monitor the clean-up of the area through a community participation program.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: Indigenous Community Exports Squash to U.S.

An indigenous community has managed to place some 5,800 kilos of high-quality squash on the market in the U.S. city of Miami, with the support of an international cooperation project.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Eighty Percent of Coral Reefs Lost

Over the last 50 years, Brazil has lost 80 percent of the coral reefs along its coasts, according to a study carried out between 2002 and 2010 by the Federal University of Pernambuco and the Ministry of Environment.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: Communities Win the Battle Against Drought

Three peasant farmer communities in the southern Honduran department of Choluteca have been recognized for the good practices they adopted, through a program sponsored by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to withstand drought and adapt to climate change.

Ecobreves – URUGUAY: High Quality of Olive Oil Recognized Internationally

Although the production of extra virgin olive oil in Uruguay dates back less than a decade, the country’s olive oil has managed to earn a place among the ten best in the world, according to a quality ranking of companies participating in international competitions.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Coal Ash Cleans Thermoelectric Effluents

Researchers in Brazil have discovered that the ash produced by burning coal can effectively remove heavy metals from the effluents generated by the same industries that burn it.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: Businesspeople Learn About Sustainable Production

Some 300 businesspeople from northern Honduras have received training on clean technologies in the energy, agriculture and water management sectors.

Ecobreves – MEXICO: IDB Finances Green Business Competitiveness

Some 3,000 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Mexico will receive financing to make their production more sustainable.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Unregulated Urbanization Threatens Remaining Atlantic Forest

Coastal preservation areas in the north of the state of São Paulo are endangered by the increase in population and facilities installed for oil exploration and the expansion of two ports, according to a report by the Sustainable Coasts Project.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: New IDB Loan for Disaster Management

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has granted a five-million-dollar loan to Honduras to help it more effectively confront natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes.

Ecobreves – VENEZUELA: Informal Mining Affects Caura River Basin

The Caura River basin, an area of roughly five million hectares in southeastern Venezuela, is beginning to suffer the impacts of mining activity by "garimpeiros", illegal gold miners from Brazil, warn indigenous and environmental organizations.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: New Regulations for Batteries

Manufacturers of batteries in Brazil will now be responsible for their products throughout their entire lifecycle, from production, transportation and storage until their final safe disposal, in accordance with new regulations adopted by the national environment authority.

Ecobreves – ARGENTINA : Conservationists Concerned Over Fate of Guanacos

The possible declaration of the guanaco (Lama guanicoe) as a “harmful species” to cattle farming in the southern Argentine region of Patagonia could lead to its extinction, warn conservationists and academics.

Ecobreves – MEXICO: Consultations on New Motor Vehicle Efficiency Standards Completed

New standards for motor vehicle efficiency will enter into effect in Mexico in 2013. The public consultations on the proposed new rules, which began in July, ended on Sep. 9.

Ecobreves – CHILE: Incidental Capture of Sharks Denounced

A new scientific study reveals high rates of incidental capture of sharks along the coasts of Chile, as a result of swordfish fishing.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Pollution Poses Health Risks to Transport Workers

Workers whose jobs place them in direct contact with air pollution face a higher possibility of health problems involving the eyes and lungs, as well as a higher risk of cancer.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: Communities Reject Open-Pit Mining Project

Residents of some 15 municipalities in El Triunfo, in southern Honduras, have rejected an open-pit mining project proposed by a Canadian company.

Ecobreves – VENEZUELA: Environment Affected by Refinery Fire

The air, water, flora and fauna on the peninsula of Paraguaná, in northwestern Venezuela, will be affected by the smoke produced by more than 200,000 barrels of fuel that burned for three days after a gas explosion at the Amuay refinery, one of the largest on the planet.

Ecobreves – LATIN AMERICA: Network Against Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

Environmental organizations in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and a group of scientists have created a network against short- lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and hydrofluorocarbons.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Environmental Awareness Growing

The percentage of Brazilians who believe that the country has no environmental problems fell from 47 percent in 1992 to 11 percent in 2012.

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