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Mexico Joins Most G20 Countries in Recommitting to Paris Climate Agreement

LADB Article ID: 80344
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-07-12
By: Carlos Navarro

Mexico joined 18 other middle-income and developed countries in reaffirming their commitment to the Paris climate accord at the meeting of the Group of 20 (G-20) nations in Hamburg, Germany on July 7-8. The climate agreement, known as COP21, committed 187 nations to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and ideally below 1.5 degrees. The US delegation, led by President Donald Trump, was the only one of the G20 countries to refrain from recommitting to the accord, reversing ex-President Barack Obama’s pledge to support its goals. “In the area of sustainable development, climate, and energy … we reaffirmed Mexico’s support of the implementation of the Paris agreement as the only mechanism to counter climate change,” President Enrique Peña Nieto said in a statement. “We reiterated the commitments that we have made as a nation in favor of the protection and care of the environment.” While Mexico reaffirmed a commitment to COP21, analysts suggest the country faces significant obstacles in attaining its targets of converting energy usage to 35% renewables by 2024 and 43% by 2030. The activity that creates most greenhouse gases at the global level is electricity generation, while in Mexico, public and private transportation is the biggest cause of contamination.

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