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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations body tasked with providing scientific evidence and consensus on climate change and its implications for decision-makers and the public, has just issued its latest, long-awaited report.Costa Rica's experience shows that, in the long run, what is gained far outweighs the sacrifices for all.Climate change is not the first daunting challenge our country among the world's most biodiverse countries per square meter has had to overcome to preserve its natural beauty. From this foundation, the economy has grown sustainably and the country has become a world leader in eco-tourism.Costa Rica, for its part, has set what President Carlos Alvarado has called the "titanic and beautiful task" of decarbonizing the economy.This policy has the effect of rendering fossil fuels economically uncompetitive and creating incentives to use Costa Rica's nearly 100 percent renewable power in the transportation sector to cut our dependence on oil. At its heart, Costa Rica's approach to climate change is about people, not industry and markets.Costa Rica is proud to be leading the world by putting this approach into practice.
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