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By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This Saturday, March 17th, Cariocas and Irish expatriates will celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Ireland's most famous holiday. Becoming more popular in Rio every year, the date will be honored in...
By Lise Alves, Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Coffee exports (including green grains, soluble, roasted and grounded) registered an increase of 9.9 percent in volume during the 2013/2014 season, but declined by 11.6 percent in revenues, according to CeCafe...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The UN's Rio+20 Earth Summit has ended with broad agreements and a general “renewing of commitment” to sustainable development, greener economies and the eradication of poverty, after delegates from nearly 200...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, enters the final 24 hours of its three-day High-Level Summit the world eagerly awaits news of the agreements reached or torn...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has used her speech at the opening ceremony of the Rio+20 Earth Summit - the UN Conference on Sustainable Development - to call on developed nations...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The UN’s Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development reaches its most important stage today, Wednesday, as the three-day High-Level Summit gets underway. Following months of preparatory meetings and negotiations,...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The UN’s milestone Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development has been keen to invite a broad range of interests to shape the outcome of the summit. This philosophy of inclusion has been...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After the final stage of preliminary negotiations dubbed “Third Prep Com” over the UN’s Rio+20 Outcome Document ended, less than half of the proposed text had been agreed on....
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The term 'green building' is most commonly referring to sustainable building practices and environmentally conscious construction, wide-ranging concepts including everything from energy efficiency to waste management. Recent reclassification and...
By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Federal Senate’s Environmental Commission concluded voting on the new Brazilian Forestry Code last Friday. The overall outline of the text was approved on Wednesday, and the...
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