In July 2015, the Government of the Province of Ontario, Canada hosted the first edition of the Climate Change Summit of the Americas where Pan American authorities, indigenous leaders, environmental groups and representatives from various industries met in order to establish commitments to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and highlight investment opportunities in a global economy with low carbon footprint. The transcript of the whole meeting, posted on, is a fascinating read. The government of Jalisco has decided to resume the effort and spirit of the first summit and reconvene to subnational governments of the Americas along with the business, academic and civil society sectors to follow up the agreements reached in 2015.

The fifth and final assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that the current climate change is a consequence of the emission and excessive concentration of GHG, which aggravate the eartht´s natural greenhouse effect since the 1950s; causing an increase in the global average temperature of the land surface and the ocean, the decrease in volumes of snow and ice, as well as raising sea levels.


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