Thursday, 09 April 2009 19:06

CEPAL chief says ‘there are no rescue packages’ for climate change Featured

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The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), Alicia Bárcena, has warned of the serious consequences if the world fails to tackle climate change in tandem with grappling with the financial crisis.

A delay in action to address climate change could have serious consequences, especially for the most vulnerable regions and countries in the world, such as Latin America.

Bárcena stressed the importance of securing a universal consensus in Copenhagen in December 2009 on new commitments to reduce emissions.

"We cannot detain our efforts to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions at the levels proposed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, at around 450 to 500 parts per million," she said.

CEPAL has suggested preparing a regional agenda on energy policy for the short and medium run that may include improving energy security, promoting energy savings and efficiency, diversifying energy sources, and promoting social equality in the access and consumption of energy.
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Guy Edwards

Guy Edwards is a Research Fellow at the Center for Environmental Studies, Brown University, where he manages a research project on the politics of climate change in Latin America. Along with co-author, Professor Timmons Roberts, he is currently writing a book on Latin American leadership on climate change for MIT Press. He has also written various academic papers, policy briefs and op-eds for a number of different publications. As co-founder of Intercambio Climático and formerly co-editor of the website, Guy has worked closely with the Latin American Platform on Climate and the Latin American office of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network. He has also worked for the Overseas Development Institute, the consultancy River Path Associates and as the resident manager of the Huaorani Ecolodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon.