Country outlines its climate proposals

The country is readying its proposals for the United Nations climate change summit. They include:

• installing 100 percent capacity to generate power with renewable resources, mainly hydro,

• development of an efficient public transportation system low in emissions,

• increased use of biomass, and

• promoting recycling and composting for management of solid waste.

The proposals by the world’s countries will be used to create a new climate agreement.

Edgar Gutierrez, minister of  Ambiente y Energía, outlined the proposals Wednesday. Most will not take effect until after 2020 or 2030. The country aims to be carbon neutral by 2021, according to officials.

The government has a number of committees working on various aspects of  climate change. The goal is to keep the increase in the world’s average temperature to 2 degrees C.  Officials attribute the increase in the Earth’s average temperature to the emission of carbon dioxide.

The Goddard Institute for Space Studies says the average global temperature on Earth has increased by about 0.8 degrees C (1.4° F) since 1880. The institute is an agency of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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