Two climate change measures get first legislative OK

The legislature passed on first reading two measures Tuesday that relate to climate change. The first is a ratification of an agreement between the Global Green Growth Institute and Costa Rica.

The second is a law that established a framework for the development of public policies related to mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

The Global Green Growth Institute says on its Web site that it is “dedicated to pioneering and diffusing a new model of economic growth in developing and emerging countries, known as ‘green growth,’ that simultaneously targets key aspects of economic performance, such as poverty reduction, job creation and social inclusion, and those of environmental sustainability, such as mitigation of climate change and biodiversity loss and security of access to clean energy and water.”

The organization also reports that it has obtained observer status at the U.N. General Assembly.

Both measures require a second affirmative vote, perhaps Thursday.

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