Economics of Climate Change
According to the Foreign Office’s website in Ecuador:
The author of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change will visit Ecuador at the end of this month.
The Stern Review, published in 2006, has a particular significance, as it is the first climate change report commissioned by a government to an economist instead of a climatologist. Its author, Economist Nicholas Stern, pioneer in the field of the economics of climate change and the quantification of its impacts, will visit Ecuador to analyse the costs of inaction and the challenges related to the mitigation of climate change and the sustainable development of the region.
The visit is being organised by the British Embassy in Quito and the Ecuadorean Ministry of the Environment, with the support of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA), FUNDAR Galápagos, Conservation International (CI), World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), and the Charles Darwin Foundation.
For more information and updates about the visit please follow the British Embassy’s social media channels on the following links:
Twitter: UkinEcuador (Hashtag: #sternecuador)
‘Emission Scenarios for Latin America 2010-2050′ Luis Miguel Galindo, Chief of Climate Change Unit, ECLAC, and Coordinator of ECLAC’s Economics of Climate Change Study in Mexico
‘The Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean’ Jose Luis Samaniego, Director of Division for Sustainable Development and Human Settings, ECLAC
On Friday 8th April Brown University will present a conference on “Latin America and Climate Change: Regional Perspectives on a Global Problem,” with keynote speeches by former Chilean president and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, Ricardo Lagos and ex- Brazilian Minister for the Environment, Marina Silva.
Panelists including climate change experts from Latin America, Brown faculty and students will discuss how Latin America is quietly turning into a game changer in many aspects of the international climate negotiations. However, over the nearly twenty years of negotiations, very little has been reported in journalistic and academic circles about their positions, approaches, and impact.
This conference will shed light on their positions and perspectives by exploring how and why Latin America matters for climate politics and our future. Additional themes to be discussed include a description of the emerging Latin American agendas for coping with global warming and Latin American relations with the US on climate and energy issues.
The keynote speeches alongside an event summary will be available on this blog early next week. For more details on the event click here. The full program can be viewed after the jump.
This article was first published in LINKS (Jan 2011, No. 37), the magazine of the Chamber of Industry & Commerce Ecuador & Great Britain.
Climate change could cost the Ecuadorian economy billions of dollars. By 2025, the economic losses caused by global warming in countries which make up the Andean Community – Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia – could reach approximately $30 billion annually.
The predicted impacts of global warming in Latin America are likely to be harsh. From decreasing agricultural yields and melting glaciers threatening water supplies to job losses and higher incidences of vector borne diseases, climate change has the potential to transform Latin America’s economy, ecosystems and society.
This document, published by the ECLAC and carried out in collaboration with regional governments, the EU, IDB and various other political, academic, and research institutions, summarizes the aggregate economic impact of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean. On the basis of national and regional studies, the report offers important economic considerations concerning climate change, including an estimated 1% loss of annual GDP in the region’s countries between 2010 and 2100 unless a consensus on mitigation actions is reached.
This annual report summarizes the actions taken by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to measure and improve the social, economic, and environmental impact of the IDB’s work throughout the region. Chapter Five is entitled “Protecting the Environment, Responding to Climate Change, Promoting Renewable Energy, and Ensuring Food Security.” The report focuses on enhancing agricultural productivity, promoting tourism for development and environmental sustainability, and modeling and planning adaptation options in response to the threats of climate change in Latin America.
Climate Change: A Research Agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean (Inter-American Development Bank, 2010)
This research agenda outlines the issues requiring further research in order to create an informed assessment of what strategies and policies that Latin American countries should pursue with respect to climate change. The report identifies potentially valuable actions that have not yet been highlighted, advises against actions that could be ineffective and costly, and recommends further evaluation of which elements require analysis before action can be taken. The agenda focuses on adaptation, agriculture, forestry, sustainable cities, trade and economics, labor issues and climate change & economic growth.
By Adam Kotin and Guy Edwards
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But even with the best-laid plans, Mexico faces a rising tide of obstacles, including a lack of investment, archaic legal and regulatory architecture, and rowdy social groups vexed by government plans to push its low-carbon development agenda upon them.
To top things off critics fear the Cancún Conference may fail to fully engage the world’s leaders, as memories of Copenhagen coupled with diminishing confidence in the UN system pervade the global debate. Mexico’s ambitious and progressive plans may not gain the international platform they desire while Cancún’s grandest hotels may avoid having to dust down all the red carpets. Read more…
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