Brown hosts international climate change conference

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Concerns of rising oceans and extreme storms are not limited to Southern New England.

At a conference Wednesday at Brown University, attendants included former Latin American leaders. Former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos is concerned about climate change.

While Wednesday’s conference focused on Latin America, he says if one part of the world let’s its guard down, it affects all of us.

“One problem is going to be increased levels of our oceans, with so many oceans around, it’s very clear what might happen in the future,” he said.

Also in attendance was Peru’s Minister of the Environment. The country of Peru is getting ready to host the United Nations 2014 Climate Change Negotiations.

Richard Snyder, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Director at Brown, feels taking action such as cutting carbon emissions doesn’t have to come at the expense of the economy.

“The green economy is a potentially lucrative area to invest in and make profits in,” Snyder said.

If you’d like to learn more about climate change, visit the United Nations climate change website.

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