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Switzerland's Climate Plan

Outsourcing climate work

Climate appears to be the next iteration of haves and have-nots.

Why do the work when you can persuade poorer nations to do it for you?

Switzerland, one of the world’s richest nations, has an ambitious climate goal: It promises to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.

But the Swiss don’t intend to reduce emissions by that much within their own borders. Instead, the European country is dipping into its sizable coffers to pay poorer nations, like Ghana or Dominica, to reduce emissions there — and give Switzerland credit for it.