By Guy Edwards and J. Timmons Roberts
Recently, China is behind a new wave of trade and commercial ties across Latin American which focuses almost exclusively on natural resources including fossil fuels, mining and agricultural commodities.
China’s rapidly increasing investment, trade and loans in Latin America may be entrenching a heavily polluting economic model which is out of step with the required action to achieve cleaner and more sustainable economies.
With an upcoming April conference on Governing Climate Change at the Watson Institute, Professor Timmons Roberts talks about the importance of building trust among nations. He hopes that the conference will provide delegates a space to set the groundwork for a global agreement on greenhouse gas reductions in 2015. The focus of the conference will be Latin America’s leadership and its role during the United Nations negotiations.
By Wendy Lawton
Our planet is warming, the seas are rising, the weather is more savage and unpredictable. Beyond a doubt, science shows that the climate is changing and the changes are human-generated. Yet 17 years after the Kyoto Protocol, there is no new global climate change action plan.
The trouble? A “trust deficit,” Timmons Roberts says.
Poor countries don’t trust wealthy nations to keep their promises about reducing carbon emissions and increasing foreign aid. At the same time, wealthy countries don’t always trust poorer ones with that aid. The money, some mutter, will be wasted.