Richard Black
BBC
January 26, 2009

Economic stimulus packages being drawn up around the world show governments are taking the environment seriously, the UN’s top climate official believes.

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Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN climate convention, cited plans to boost growth by investing in renewable energy and public transport.

He said leaders “could not afford to fail” on climate change.

Other speakers at a Globe International meeting in London suggested the packages needed to be much bolder.

Some observers have suggested that the world’s financial troubles would reduce the chances that governments would invest in measures that could lower carbon emissions, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and public transport.

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