Fighting Climate Change Is Profitable: Mexico’s Calderon

June 25, 2014

06/25/14 Bloomberg

energy -wind_energyCurbing climate change is profitable and nations must offer business incentives for low-carbon growth to cut fossil-fuel reliance, according to former president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon.

Countries must act jointly and in a “comprehensive” way, targeting the energy industry, cities, agriculture and forests as the main areas where runaway greenhouse gas emissions can be reined in, Calderon said in an interview in London. The former leader is now chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, a panel set up by seven nations including the U.K. to advise on the best ways to tackle global warming.

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Legislators to meet in Mexico in bid to bolster climate laws

June 5, 2014

globe north south americaBusinessGreen, 06/05/14

Hundreds of parliamentarians from around the world will gather in Mexico this weekend to sign a new blueprint that aims to stop average global temperatures rising to two degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The World Summit of Legislators, organised by Globe International, comes in the same week that the world’s two largest emitters- the USA and China – signaled major new plans to curb carbon dioxide emissions over the coming decades.

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Mexican farmers happy that lime is luxury this Cinco de Mayo

May 6, 2014

LimesThe Washington Post, 5/5/14

It’s been a tough spring for Cinco de Mayo fans and the bars that keep them plied with tart margaritas, as the Great Lime Shortage of 2014 has been threatening to break up the party. Cocktail prices spiked, bars passed off lemons as substitutes, and a 40-pound carton of limes shot past $100 in the United States, four times the normal price.

Nearly all the limes thumbed into Corona bottles come from Mexico, amounting to a half million tons of U.S. imports. And there have been many theories about what caused the unusual prices, including that the cost of extortion by drug cartels in the lime-growing state of Michoacan was being passed on to customers north of the border.

But Mexican lime growers attribute the high prices to something more mundane: bad weather. Unusually heavy rains last winter led to an outbreak of a fungus that destroyed many lime trees and reduced the national supply. “It’s climate change,” said Enrique Saavedra, director general of B&S Grupo Exportador, a lime supplier in Veracruz, the Mexican state sending the most limes to the United States. “People speculate that it had something to do with security in Michoacan, but it wasn’t that.”

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Mexico’s Calderon Leads Probe of Climate Change Economics

September 25, 2013

Bloomberg, 9/25/13

calderon SpeechFormer Mexican President Felipe Calderon is spearheading a study sponsored by seven countries into the economics of climate change, seeking to elucidate the financial benefits of reducing carbon emissions. Calderon’s panel will draw from the experiences of companies and governments around the world in fighting off the ravages of storms and droughts, and in cutting greenhouse gases. It also will use academic research to show the costs and risks associated with climate change and efforts to stem it, publishing a report next September to guide policy makers.

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Chaos as floods submerge Mexico’s Acapulco, death toll rises

September 18, 2013

Reuters, 9/18/2013

Popocatepetl volcano spews ashMexico’s famous beach resort of Acapulco was in chaos on Tuesday as hotels rationed food for thousands of stranded tourists and floodwaters swallowed homes and cars after some of the most damaging storms in decades killed at least 55 people across the country.

Television footage showed Acapulco’s international airport terminal waist deep in water and workers wading out to escape floods that have prevented some 40,000 visitors from leaving and blocked one of the main access routes to the city with mud.

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Mexico aims to cut home energy use with green loan plan

June 28, 2013

environment - energy - light bulb with paddy riceThomas Reuters Foundation, 6/27/2013

Since the 1980s, the Mexican government has subsidized massive tract-housing projects around the country, filling them with hundreds of thousands of concrete-block, brick and mortar structures that have no insulation or other comfort control features. This response to intense pressure for affordable urban housing is to blame for widespread urban sprawl in Mexico over the last 30 years – and increases in climate-changing emissions, experts say. Homes now use 16 percent of the country’s energy and account for 3 percent of direct greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a variety of indirect ones, according to the country’s Social Development Ministry.

That rising urban carbon footprint is one reason the country’s climate change policymakers see cutting residential emissions as essential for reaching Mexico’s 2050 target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half from 2002 levels. To accomplish the needed cut, they have turned to a so-called Eco House program, which Gisela Campillo Bermudo,  leader of the Inter-American Development Bank’s infrastructure and environment team, says is new in Latin America.

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Foreign wind farms cause uproar in Mexico

April 8, 2013

windmillAFP, 4/7/13

Foreign energy firms have flocked to a narrow region of southern Mexico, known as one of the world’s windiest places, to build towering wind turbines, but some projects have angered and torn indigenous villages. The construction of wind farms has soared across Mexico, with the gusty Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the state of Oaxaca attracting investors from as far as Europe, Japan and Australia.

The projects are a key part of Mexico’s efforts to combat climate change, one of the priorities of former president Felipe Calderon that has been picked up by his successor, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office in December.

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In focus: Mexico’s climate change laws

February 5, 2013

environment -climate change - droughtRTCC, 2/4/2013

For the first time climate policymakers have a clear idea of how countries around the world are attempting to control their greenhouse gas emissions. We have selected the highlights from Globe’s analysis of Mexico’s  attempts to address climate change. Visit the Globe International website to download a full report and access data from the other countries featured.

Mexico was the standout country in 2012 on climate change. It passed a comprehensive climate change law – The General Law on Climate Change – with the support of all major political parties, a real achievement in a usually partisan Congress. In parallel, Congress approved legislation to prepare for the implementation of so-called REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). This progressive stance is indicative of Mexico’s positive approach to tackling climate change.

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Mexico credited as world leader in cutting pollution

January 14, 2013

Chron, 1/13/2013

lawChina, Mexico and other emerging economies are leading the fight against climate change by passing laws to cut carbon and raise energy efficiency, the Globe International alliance of lawmakers said today. A study of energy and climate laws in 33 economies showed 18 made “significant” progress in 2012, Globe said today in an e-mailed statement. The alliance, which brings together lawmakers from 70 nations, is meeting in London today and tomorrow to discuss ways in which governments can contribute to the international effort to contain global warming.

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Mexico Emulates Neighbor California With 35% Clean Climate law

April 15, 2012

Clean Technica, 4/15/12

Joining world leaders in climate laws, Mexico just passed new legislation that catapults the poor neighbor to the south of the U.S. to a leadership role on a par with its northern neighbor, California.

Mexico’s General Law on Climate Change was just passed by an 128-10 overwhelming vote in its 500 member Chamber of Deputies, and moves to the Senate. Since that body passed a preliminary version already, its chances of becoming law look excellent. Just as investment in clean energy soared in California following passage of its clean climate laws starting in 2006 with the first Renewable Energy Standard and following up with AB32, its climate law.

California’s 33% clean energy by 2020 target received enough offers from solar and wind developers to make 100% of its energy from these two sources, for example. Mexico boasts the same abundant solar and wind resources and could easily achieve the same goals as California.

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