Latin America taking action to combat climate change

Twenty years ago, global leaders gathered to put forth a framework to limit the impact of climate change. While a way forward was sketched out, the will never materialized and domestic political interests often superceded global interests.

But a new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows that Latin America is not only acknowledging how climate change is affecting the region, but is moving forward with policies to implement change.

But there is little chance that at the G20 summit in Rio any real progress will be made given the ongoing global financial crisis, particularly in Europe. Climate change is seen as a long-term problem and, as stated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Euro crisis will dominate the agenda.

Maybe Latin America can lead the way in showing the international community that an absence of a written agreement or the force of law needn’t dissuade nations from taking action on their own.

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