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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ports Going Green

Just as many cities in Latin America and the Caribbean are striving to become more sustainable, so are many ports. That seems only appropriate, since ports are often big enough and busy enough that they could almost be considered cities unto themselves. The Inter-American Committee on Ports encourages sustainable practices in the industry, and every year it recognizes some of the region’s standout environmental performers. The recently announced winners of the 2017 Maritime Award of the Americas have all taken steps to become greener—and, by extension, more competitive.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Putting Air Quality to the Test

Air pollution can have deadly consequences; in fact, it accounts for an estimated 93,000 deaths each year in low- and middle-income countries in the Americas and another 44,000 deaths in high-income countries in the region, according to the Pan American Health Organization. As serious as the problem is, many cities and countries are still not measuring air quality or are measuring it inadequately. Yet as one Costa Rican scientist explained, without a clear picture of the air pollution problem, it’s harder to develop effective policies to combat it.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Post-hurricane infrastructure reconstruction in the Caribbean Islands: when business-as-usual is risky business

In light of increasingly intense weather patterns, predicted to become even more intense due to climate change, it is critical to rebuild infrastructure in the Caribbean to withstand future disasters.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

Addressing Energy Poverty: More than Flipping a Switch

Think “energy poverty” and the first image that comes to mind is likely a remote village with no electricity. But it’s quite possible to be connected to the grid—even to live in a large city—and still be in a state of energy poverty. In a recent interview for the ECPA newsletter, a researcher in Mexico talked about some of the challenges countries in the region face as they seek to reduce inequality and provide access to “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” as Sustainable Development Goal 7 puts it.
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Friday, January 26, 2018

To Reach Energy Goals, Ask an Expert

As they strive to meet ambitious targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency, many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have turned to the Clean Energy Solutions Center for no-cost advice and guidance. Through its “Ask an Expert” service, the Solutions Center makes consultants available to help governments develop, design, and implement climate-friendly policies and strategies.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Overcoming the Challenge of the “Last Mile”

Latin America is doing a lot of things right on the energy front, both in terms of policy and technology, according to David L. Goldwyn, Chairman of the Energy Advisory Board at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. But often it’s the “last mile” that’s the most difficult, he said, as countries that have already made considerable progress strive to become even more efficient and have even cleaner energy.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Path toward the Paris Goals

The Paris Agreement, adopted two years ago this month, laid the foundation for the world to tackle the “urgent threat” of climate change. Recently, representatives of several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean participated in a workshop in Argentina to assess how they’re doing so far and what steps they can take to bridge the gaps between their current emission projections and the goals they have set for themselves under the Paris Agreement.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Expanding Access to Electricity in Belize

Belize is on a “fast pace” to produce more electric power from renewable sources, as part of a strategy to bolster its energy independence and ensure that everyone in the country has access to electricity. The head of the country’s Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, Frank Mena, sat down for an interview with the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) and talked about a recent pilot project that has brought off-grid solar power to a farming village called La Gracia.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Starting Over

The names are all too familiar by now: Harvey. Irma. Maria. Nate. This year’s list of tropical storm systems strong enough to get a name started with Arlene in April and barreled on through Rina in early November. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends on November 30, but the massive devastation it wreaked will be felt for years to come. As the recovery process continues and reconstruction begins, two island nations in particular—Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda—are focusing on how to become more resilient in the face of climate change.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

“No Time to Lose” in the Transition to Cleaner Energy

The ministerial meeting provided an opportunity to “share experiences, exchange technologies, facilitate investment, and maximize comparative advantages,” the Secretary General said. “Since ECPA was created in 2009, almost all the countries in the region have participated in a fluid dialogue around renewable energy.
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