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Brazil spices things up in New Delhi Featured

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On the 24th January the second meeting of Ministers of the BASIC Group – Brazil, South Africa, India and China - took place in New Delhi, India. The four countries, joined at the last hour by the US, were instrumental in hammering out the controversial Copenhagen Accord at the December climate change conference last year. The recent meeting reconfirmed the four countries´ commitment to working together with all other countries to establish an agreement at the COP-16 in Mexico. The BASIC coalition may be pulling Brazil further away from the rest of Latin America at a time when many are hoping for greater consensus on climate change in the region. However, this may not be a bad thing for the international climate change talks as Brazil´s progressive stance can hopefully rub off positively on both its BASIC partners and other countries. It might also suit Latin American countries but for two very different reasons. For those looking to Brazil for regional leadership on climate change, the BASIC coalition may add prestige and weight to some of Brazil´s demands which are of a similar overture to some of its Amazonian neighbours for example. On the flip side, those Latin American countries happy to resist internalizing climate change as a domestic priority will be content to see Brazil flying the flag far from their own shores. As a result, we may be witnessing the internationalization of the climate change debate in Latin America. Whether Brazil´s role in this new climate change collective works out positively or negatively for itself and other Latin American countries remains to be seen.
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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.