Kawerau geothermal centre in New Zealand.
Crédito: Courtesy of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
Chile Looks to Volcanoes and Geysers for Energy
Por Marianela Jarroud
hile is home to 20 percent of the world’s active volcanoes, according to the Andean Geothermal Centre of Excellence.
A woman prepares corn tortillas on a fuel-efficient wood stove
Crédito: Courtesy of Ecoders
Carbon Credits Could Finance Improved Cookstoves in Mexico
Por Emilio Godoy
ne of the numerous initiatives to promote fuel-efficient, low-carbon wood-fired cookstoves aims to be the second in the world financed with carbon credits.
Copper smelter at the El Teniente mine.
Crédito: Marianela Jarroud/IPS
Prolonging the Life of the World’s Biggest Copper Mine
Por Marianela Jarroud
l Teniente, the world’s largest underground copper mine, has already been in operation since 1905, but the state-owned National Copper Corporation of Chile (CODELCO) wants to keep it running for another 50 years.
Artisanal miner panning for gold in Choluteca, Honduras.
Crédito: Thelma Mejía/IPS
HONDURAS: Activists Protest Lack of Transparency in Extractive Industry Transparency Process
Por Thelma Mejía
he Honduran government’s announcement of its plans to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has raised expectations as well as doubts, particularly due to the speed with which it aims to complete a process that has taken several years in other countries of the region.
MEXICO: Government of the Capital Wins Award for Urban Lighting Project
he French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) has granted a special recognition award to the “Energy, Innovation and Performance in Urban Lighting” project being implemented by the leftist government of Mexico City.
BRAZIL: São Paulo Solar Plant Will Supply Electricity to Public Grid
he University of São Paulo will construct a photovoltaic power plant, in association with a local electric company, which will be the third solar power plant and the second to supply electricity to the public grid in Brazil.
ARGENTINA : E-Waste Bill In Danger, Say Activists
he 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.
HONDURAS: Microfinance to Promote Clean Energy
he 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.
Venezuelan oil refinery in action.
Crédito: Courtesy of PDVSA
Nanotechnology Could Lighten Venezuela’s Oil Footprint
Por Humberto Márquez
anotechnology could be a powerful tool to reduce the climate impacts of fossil fuels and enhance the efficiency of clean energies.
BRAZIL: Football World Cup Will Emit 11 Million Tons of CO2
he 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.
Juan Longueiro uses Ecobici bikes to commute to and from work and to exercise.
Crédito: Emilio Godoy/IPS
Bicycles Defend Their Place in Mexico City’s Concrete Jungle
Por Emilio Godoy
Bicycle transportation is starting to make headway in the Mexican capital.
HONDURAS: Businesspeople Learn About Sustainable Production
ome 300 businesspeople from northern Honduras have received training on clean technologies in the energy, agriculture and water management sectors.
MEXICO: Consultations on New Motor Vehicle Efficiency Standards Completed
ew 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.
Wind farm in Sierra de los Caracoles, in the department of Maldonado, southeast Uruguay.
Crédito: Courtesy of UTE
In Uruguay, the Answer Is Blowing in the Wind
Por Inés Acosta
ruguay is undergoing a boom in investment in wind energy development.
CUBA: Promoting Wind Energy
uba is striving to develop wind power and contribute to its expansion in the rest of the Caribbean, said energy specialist Conrado Moreno, organizer of a world conference on this energy source to be held for the first time ever in Latin America.
CHILE: Pascua Lama Announcement Criticized
hilean environmentalists have criticized an announcement by the Canadian mining company Barrick Gold that it will postpone the execution of the Pascua Lima binational mining project by one year and increase initial investment by three billion dollars.
VENEZUELA: Women Entrepreneurs Learn to Recycle
Some 200 women in eastern Caracas will benefit from a program that will provide them with training in recycling and the manufacture and sale of clothing, bags, ornaments, cards and various crafts.
HONDURAS: First Solid Waste Plant Opening Soon
he municipality of Marcovia, in southern Honduras, will be the first in the country with a plant for treating and recycling solid wastes, which will enter into operation in September. The recycled material will be sold to companies in El Salvador and Guatemala.
Kathy Gerwig and Verónica Odriozola
Crédito: Marianela Jarroud/IPS
Hospitals Working to Reduce Their Ecological Footprint
Por Marianela Jarroud interviews KATHY GERWIG and VERÓNICA ODRIOZOLA of Health Care Without Harm
n the United States, hospitals are the third largest user of energy in the commercial buildings sector.
Braskem ethylene bags labeled "I'm green".
Crédito: Courtesy of Braskem
Biopolymers and the Dream of a Green Petrochemical Industry
Por Fabiana Frayssinet
lastics made from sugarcane ethanol may be more environmentally friendly than their fossil fuel counterparts because of their lower carbon footprint, but they are no more biodegradable than traditional plastics.
CHILE: FAO Promotes Bioenergy
he Latin America regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has recommended that Chile incorporate bioenergy into its energy mix.
Mariana Matranga outside the School of Engineering at the University of Buenos Aires.
Crédito: Juan Moseinco/IPS
Changing Argentina’s Energy Mix Will Take Intelligence and Time
Por Marcela Valente
Unconventional gas and oil exploitation might be sensible in the short or medium term in Argentina. But in the long run, it will have to increase the use of other energy sources and reduce the weight of hydrocarbons, says specialist Mariana Matranga.
Urban and hotel development have devoured the oasis of San José del Estero in Los Cabos.
Crédito: Courtesy of Niparajá
G20 Summit in an Unsustainable Environment
Por Emilio Godoy
The Mexican municipality chosen by the G20 as a venue to talk about sustainability and climate change suffers from erosion, coastal pollution, fishing disputes, the impacts of tourism mega projects and the threat of destructive new mining operations.
Hydrologist Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vásquez, director of the World Bank Sustainable Development Department for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Crédito: Patricia da Camara – Courtesy of the World Bank
World Bank: Latin America Has the Green Antidote Within Reach
Por Diana Cariboni
Inclusive green growth is the pathway to sustainable development in the medium term, says expert Ede Jorge Ijjasz-Vásquez in this interview.
Densely forested islands in the Xingú River.
Crédito: Mario Osava/IPS
Belo Monte Dam Hit by Friendly Fire
Por Mario Osava
Run-of-the-river hydroelectric dams like Belo Monte will increase Brazil’s energy insecurity, say executives in the electric power sector.
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- Leonardo Padura Fuentes
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