Mexico has provisionally passed national climate change laws, which would make it only the second country in the world after the UK to set legally binding commitments.
Last night the Mexican House of Representatives passed the law with 280 votes for, 10 against and one abstention.
The decision sees Mexico overcome a “major hurdle”, according to charity WWF-UK. It now needs to be ratified by the Senate, which is “looking pretty likely”, claims the environmental charity.
Keith Allott, head of climate change at WWF-UK said: “This is great news from Mexico and a really important step in the fight against climate change. It’s all the more significant because Mexico is set to become one of the world’s biggest economies, but is not a rich country, with some 40% of the population living in poverty.
“Yet its government and Congress can see that ending poverty and growing the economy will be that much harder unless they cut greenhouse gas emissions and embrace renewable energy.”