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Mexico Delivers ‘Major Milestone’ With 2026 Emissions Cap

Mexico is promising to cap its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026, cut its particulate or “black carbon” emissions from wood and diesel in half by 2030, and reduce overall emissions 50% below 2000 levels by 2050, in an announcement that is being heralded as a shining example for other developing countries.

“As a country that enacted a groundbreaking, comprehensive climate change law in 2012, Mexico clearly understands the threat of climate change,” said Jennifer Morgan, climate director at the World Resources Institute. “While the devil is in the details, Mexico’s plan to peak its emissions by 2026 is particularly encouraging and should inspire others to follow a similar course.”

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“Mexico’s pledge is a major milestone on the road to Paris, where by the end of this year the UN wants to complete a comprehensive climate pact,” writes John H. Cushman at InsideClimate News. The country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) “would make Mexico’s announcement a bit more ambitious than what is expected from China, but not as ambitious as what the U.S. will offer.”