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Mexico proposes ambitious law on climate change

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In anticipation to the 16th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, the Mexican Presidency anticipates to demonstrate the potential for innovative policies to address climate change. The Mexican Government has already presented an ambitious plan to mitigate carbon emissions (50 million tonnes by 2012); recent legislation suggests an adaptation framework. Mexico is highly vulnerable …

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Has Japan’s New Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama changed climate change policy?


copyright: Fukui Shinbun Almost one month has passed after Yukio Hatoyama, the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), was appointed as Prime Minister of Japan in September 16. According to a public opinion poll carried out by Yomiuri Shinbun in September 17, 75 percent of its respondents supported the ‘Hatoyama’ cabinet, the second …

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Obama visits Canada: future climate policy convergence?


  On Thursday of this week Barack Obama will make his first visit to a foreign country as President of the United States.  Travelling north to Ottawa, Canada to meet with Prime Minister Harper, Obama is once again honouring a long held tradition of newly elected US Presidents (President Bush broke with tradition by visiting …

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Canada: verifiable emissions reductions from government programs hard to find

Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Scott Vaughan, has recently produced a report highlighting a significant failure on the part of the Government of Canada in ensuring that public money spent on environmental initiatives are actually achieving results. As a member of the Government of Canada’s Office of the Auditor General, the Commissioner …

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