PERU ADOPTS CLIMATE INITIATIVE
Peru is the latest developing nation to adopt a domestic climate change initiative in the absence of a binding international pact. The nation adopted a resolution to lower carbon emissions. The long-term plan is based on South Africa's plan and aims to add more renewables to Peru's energy mix, curb illegal logging, and move to a low-carbon economy. Peru said that it is already feeling the effects of climate change, including melting glaciers and crop-destroying record rainfall. "If we don't do something we will have problems with water supplies along the coasts, we know there will be more droughts, more rains . . . we are already seeing temperature changes," said Mariano Felipe Soldan, head of the government's strategic planning office. While the nation joins a number of countries with climate initiatives, Peru has insisted that future global agreements to reduce emissions must preserve its right to industrialize and require big polluting countries to bear the brunt of the costs. For the full story, see http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/26/us-peru-climate-idUSBRE83P1H820120426.