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UBC Dialogues : Can Developing Nations Lead the Movement Towards Climate Solutions? Johnson, Lisa; Donner, Simon; Gulati, Sumeet; Seitzinger, Sybil; Tran, Martino


At the December 2015 Paris climate conference (COP21), 195 countries agreed to reduce their carbon emissions and limit global climate change. While the agreement was ambitious, it also recognized that less developed countries would require more time to begin reducing their emissions. While some question whether it is fair to hold them to the same standard as societies that grew wealthy from carbon-driven industry, it is also clear that many of these countries have the most to lose. What structural changes need to be made to allow less developed countries to combat climate change as equal partners? Are there technologies that will allow them to leapfrog carbon and achieve sustainable economic growth?

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