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12/06/2010

Economic Growth and reductions of Carbon Emissions for Mexican Economy

Nicholas Stern recognizes Mexican efforts in the fight against climate change

Sir Nicholas Stern, Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, was present at the Mexican Pavillion in the Cancunmesse, one of the venues of COP16, to share the current status of the Stern Report and learn about the progress of the study Economic Growth and reduction of Carbon Emissions for Mexican Economy, presented by Luis Miguel Galindo, professor of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Along with Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, the Director of the Grantham Institute recognized the quality of the Mexican study and pointed out that leaders in this matter are needed to the problematic. He talked about the urge to generate an industrial revolution that breaks the relationship between economic growth and emission of greenhouse effect gases.

He said that nowadays, the scenario is much more worrying than in 2006, when the report showed that the effects of Climate Change were growing faster than expected. He added that now there is greater awareness and that the response from the different sectors is encouraging.

The speakers concluded that Latin America is a vulnerable region to the impacts of climate change, which accounts for 7 percent of global emissions. Its geography has a great potential for the generation of clean energies, thus, governmental efforts in this direction are crucial for all mankind.

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Nicholas Stern, Stern report, climate change, SEMARNAT, UNAM, Sir Stern, Luis Miguel Galindo, Cancunmesse, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada

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