Low-Carbon Development : Latin American Responses to Climate Change

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de la Torre, Augusto
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Fajnzylber, Pablo
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Nash, John
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2012-03-19T10:04:39Z
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2012-03-19T10:04:39Z
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2010
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978-0-8213-8054-3
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/2679
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Climate change is already a reality. This is evidenced by the acceleration of global temperature increases, the melting of ice and snow covers, and rising sea levels. Latin America and the Caribbean region (LCR) are not exempt from these trends, as illustrated by the changes in precipitation patterns that are already being reported in the region, as well as by observations of rising temperatures, the rapid melting of Andean tropical glaciers, and an increasing number of extreme weather events. The most important force behind climate change is the rising concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the earth's atmosphere driven mainly by manmade emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases. Because of inertia in the climate system, the planet is likely to continue warming over the twenty-first century, and unless emissions are significantly reduced, this process could accelerate, with potentially very serious consequences for nature and mankind. There is still, however, a high degree of uncertainty regarding the specific drivers, timing, and impact of global climate change, as well as about the costs and efficacy of actions aimed at either mitigating it or dealing with its physical and economic impacts. As a result, it is very hard, at this point, to unambiguously determine economically efficient emission pathways for which the benefits of actions to mitigate climate change will exceed the costs of those actions. Despite these problems and uncertainties, there is increasing evidence suggesting that urgent action is needed in order to alter current emission trends so as to avoid reaching GHG concentration levels that could trigger large and irreversible damages. Negotiations are under way and are scheduled to be concluded in 2012 with a new agreement on a way forward. At the same time, individual countries are also considering how to respond in their own domestic policy to the challenges of climate change. LCR governments and civil society should be well informed about the potential costs and benefits of climate change and their options for decisions that will need to be made over the next decades as well as the global context in which these decisions must be taken. At the same time, the global community needs to be better informed about the unique perspective of the LCR, problems the region will face, potential contributions the region can make to combat global warming, and how to unlock the region's full potential so as to enable it to maximize its contribution while continuing to grow and reduce poverty. This report seeks to help fill both these needs.
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English
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World Bank
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World Bank Latin American and Caribbean Studies
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
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AFFORESTATION
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ALLOWANCES
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ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
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AMOUNT OF EMISSIONS
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ATMOSPHERE
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ATMOSPHERIC CONCENTRATIONS
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AUCTION
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BIOMASS
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CAPITAL STOCKS
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CAPS
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CARBON CAPTURE
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CARBON DIOXIDE
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CARBON DIOXIDE MITIGATION
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CARBON ECONOMY
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CARBON EMISSIONS
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CARBON EMISSIONS FROM DEFORESTATION
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CARBON ENERGY
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CARBON ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
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CARBON FINANCE
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CARBON INTENSITY
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CARBON PRICE
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CARBON PRICES
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CARBON TAX
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CARBON TAXES
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CARBON TECHNOLOGIES
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CATASTROPHIC DAMAGES
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CERTIFIED EMISSION REDUCTIONS
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CH4
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CHANGES IN CLIMATE
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CLEAN ENERGY
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CLEANER ENERGY
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CLIMATE
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CLIMATE ANALYSIS INDICATORS
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CLIMATE CHANGE
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CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS
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CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION
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CLIMATE DAMAGES
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CLIMATE SENSITIVITY
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CLIMATE STABILIZATION
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CLIMATE SYSTEM
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CLIMATIC CHANGES
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CO
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CO2
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COAL
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COLORS
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CONVERGENCE
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CORAL REEFS
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COST-BENEFIT
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COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
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CUMULATIVE EMISSIONS
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DAMAGES
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DEFORESTATION
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DEMAND-SIDE MANAGEMENT
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DIESEL
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DIFFUSION
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DISASTER PREVENTION
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DROUGHT
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ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
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ECONOMIC GROWTH
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ECONOMIC IMPACT
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ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
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ECONOMIC IMPACTS
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ECONOMIC RECOVERY
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ECOSYSTEM
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ECOSYSTEMS
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ELECTRICITY
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ELECTRICITY COMPANY
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ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION
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ELECTRICITY GENERATION
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EMISSION
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EMISSION INTENSITY
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EMISSION LEVELS
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EMISSION PATHWAYS
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EMISSION PERMITS
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EMISSION PROFILE
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EMISSION REDUCTION
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EMISSION REDUCTION TARGETS
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EMISSION REDUCTIONS
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EMISSION SCENARIOS
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EMISSION TRAJECTORIES
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EMISSION TRENDS
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EMISSIONS
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EMISSIONS FROM AGRICULTURE
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EMISSIONS FROM ELECTRICITY GENERATION
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EMISSIONS FROM LAND USE
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EMISSIONS FROM LAND USE CHANGE
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EMISSIONS FROM LAND-USE CHANGE
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EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS
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ENERGY CONSUMPTION
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ENERGY DEMAND
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ENERGY EFFICIENCY
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ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS
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ENERGY EMISSIONS
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ENERGY INTENSITY
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ENERGY MIX
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ENERGY POLICY
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ENERGY SAVINGS
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ENERGY SECURITY
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ENERGY SOURCES
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ENERGY SUBSIDIES
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ENERGY USE
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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
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EQUITY CONSIDERATIONS
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EXTREME EVENTS
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EXTREME WEATHER
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EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
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FINANCIAL CRISIS
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FINANCIAL MARKETS
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FLOODS
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FOREST
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FOREST CARBON
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FOREST CONSERVATION
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FOREST DEGRADATION
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FORESTRY
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FORESTS
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FOSSIL FUEL
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FOSSIL FUEL BURNING
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FOSSIL FUELS
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FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
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GAS TURBINE
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GASOLINE PRICES
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GENERATION MIX
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GHG
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GHGS
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GLACIERS
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GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
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GLOBAL EMISSIONS
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GLOBAL GREENHOUSE
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GLOBAL GREENHOUSE GAS
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GLOBAL GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
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GLOBAL WARMING
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GREENHOUSE
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GREENHOUSE EFFECT
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GREENHOUSE GAS ABATEMENT
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GREENHOUSE GAS ABATEMENT COST
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GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS PER CAPITA
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GREENHOUSE GASES
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HURRICANE
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HURRICANE SEASON
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HURRICANES
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ICE SHEETS
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IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
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IMPERFECT INFORMATION
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INCOME
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INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES
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INSURANCE
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INSURANCE MECHANISMS
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INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY
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INVESTMENTS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY
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IPCC
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LANDFILL
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LANDFILL GAS
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LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS
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LNG
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LOW-CARBON
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LOWER COSTS
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MAJOR HURRICANES
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MARGINAL ABATEMENT
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MARGINAL ABATEMENT COST
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MARINE ECOSYSTEMS
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MARKET FAILURES
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METEOROLOGICAL RESEARCH
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METHANE
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MITIGATION POTENTIAL
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MONETARY FUND
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MONETARY INCENTIVES
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N2O
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NATURAL DISASTERS
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NEGATIVE IMPACT
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NEGATIVE IMPACTS
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NITROUS OXIDE
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OCEANS
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OIL
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OIL EQUIVALENT
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OIL PRICES
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POLICY MAKERS
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PORTFOLIO
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POWER SECTOR
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PRECIPITATION
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PRICE VOLATILITY
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PRIMARY ENERGY
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PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTION
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PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS
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PROBABILITY OF OCCURRENCE
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RADIATION
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RAIN
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RAINFALL
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RELATIVE PRICE
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RENEWABLE ENERGY
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RENEWABLE RESOURCES
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SEA LEVEL RISE
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SEA LEVELS
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SOCIAL COST OF CARBON
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STORMS
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SUBSTITUTION
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SURFACE TEMPERATURE
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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
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TAX RATES
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TOTAL EMISSIONS
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TRADE SYSTEM
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TRANSPORT SECTOR
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TROPICAL CYCLONES
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TROPICS
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UNCERTAINTIES
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UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
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UTILITIES
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VEHICLE EMISSIONS
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WASTE
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WATER VAPOR
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WEATHER INSURANCE
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WIND
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WIND POWER
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dc.title
Low-Carbon Development : Latin American Responses to Climate Change
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okr.identifier.externaldocumentum
000333037_20091027010753
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okr.identifier.internaldocumentum
11260636
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okr.volume
1 of 1
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okr.date.disclosure
2010-04-20
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okr.topic
Environment :: Climate Change Mitigation and Green House Gases
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okr.topic
Macroeconomics and Economic Growth :: Climate Change Economics
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okr.topic
Energy :: Energy and Environment
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okr.topic
Environment :: Environment and Energy Efficiency
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okr.topic
Energy :: Energy Production and Transportation
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okr.region.administrative
Latin America & Caribbean
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okr.region.geographical
Caribbean
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okr.region.geographical
Latin America
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okr.identifier.report
51281
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okr.identifier.doi
10.1596/978-0-8213-8054-3
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okr.unit
Chief Economist (LCRCE)
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Publications & Research :: Publication
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Publications & Research :: Publication
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dc.rights.holder
World Bank
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okr.peerreview
Academic Peer Review
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okr.globalpractice
Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management
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Environment and Natural Resources
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Energy and Extractives
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Energy and Extractives
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okr.crosscuttingsolutionarea
Climate Change
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yes

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