Tag: David Cleary

The Peruvian Amazon Explodes…But Is Anyone Watching?

Written by | June 23rd, 2009

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The death of at least 45 people in rioting between police and indigenous demonstrators in the town of Bagua in the Peruvian Amazon on June 5th was, among other things, a neat demonstration of what doesn’t count as news in the global village. (See video above of the clash from Enlace Nacional, a Peruvian news […]

New U.S. Biofuels Policy: The View From Brazil

Written by | May 12th, 2009

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Brazilians are realists when it comes to politics. We have dozens of political parties here — based not so much on ideology as personal networks, sectional interests and marriages of convenience. No president can command a working majority in the Brazilian Congress, so issues are resolved through wheeling and dealing, case by case. Brazilians view […]

U.S.-Cuba Ties: How Will Cuban Crocodiles Fare?

Written by | April 23rd, 2009

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Over the last week — as the Obama administration once again assumed its increasingly familiar role as polite undertaker at the funeral of a failed U.S. policy — it has become clear that a new phase in the long, intimate, but tormented, relationship between the United States and Cuba has begun. As the two countries flutter their diplomatic eyelashes […]

A Free Carbon-Trading Area for the Americas, Part 2: Running the Numbers

Written by | April 6th, 2009

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Last month I suggested a hemispheric dimension be added to the proposed U.S. cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, to allow U.S. companies to offset some of their emissions through projects in Latin America. This idea was picked up by the environmental blogs of The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor, while a report in The […]

A Free Carbon-Trading Area of the Americas?

Written by | March 9th, 2009

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Time was when the U.S. economy sneezed, Latin American economies keeled over from pneumonia or worse, but no longer. While not exactly immune from the economic turmoil in the United States, economies like Brazil and Mexico will suffer less and recover earlier. There is more than a little schadenfreude south of the border at seeing […]

When Is a Rainforest Not a Rainforest?

Written by | February 2nd, 2009

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Last Thursday’s New York Times published a fascinating article, “New jungles prompt a debate on rainforest,” where two well-known Smithsonian scientists traded interpretations about the meaning of regeneration of rainforests in Panama. Not the least of the issues the article raised was the climate around the Smithsonian office watercooler these days, as Drs. Joe Wright and […]

The Upside of the Downslide

Written by | January 10th, 2009

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On the “every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining” principle…..the Christmas and year-end period is the busiest time of year for fundraisers in the developed world, and in a couple of weeks conservation organizations across North America and Europe will be seeing in the New Year by looking at their final-quarter numbers for 2008. It’s unlikely to be a very festive […]

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