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Sun Dec 6, 2015, 02:16 AM

Where Uruguay leads, the rest of the world struggles to keep up

Where Uruguay leads, the rest of the world struggles to keep up

Emma Graham-Harrison
Saturday 5 December 2015 19.05 EST

As the world’s most powerful nations squabbled in Paris over the cost of small cuts to their fossil fuel use, Uruguay grabbed international headlines by announcing that 95% of its electricity already came from renewable energy resources. It had taken less than a decade to make the shift, and prices had fallen in real terms, said the head of climate change policy – a job that doesn’t even exist in many countries.

This announcement came on top of a string of other transformations. In 2012 a landmark abortion law made it only the second country in Latin America, after Cuba, to give women access to safe abortions. The following year, gay marriage was approved, and then-president José Mujica shepherded a bill to legalise marijuana through parliament, insisting it was the only way to limit the influence of drug cartels.

What’s more, the country cracked down so strongly on cigarette advertising, in a successful bid to cut smoking rates, that it is now being sued by tobacco giant Philip Morris.

Mujica himself became internationally famous for refusing to enjoy the trappings of presidential power – staying in his tiny house rather than moving into the official mansion – and giving away 90% of his salary.


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dhill926 Dec 2015 #1

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Sun Dec 6, 2015, 02:22 AM

1. Uruguay is looking more and more interesting....

as a place to settle down....or visit at the very least...

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