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limate change is a global issue that can only be tackled effectively on aninternational level. No one country'sactions will suffice, but the developmentstaking place in Scotland can encourage other nationsto identify their strengths and their priorities forcontributing to meaningful action on climate change.As world leaders gather for the latest G8 summit, a keypriority will rightly be to secure the recovery from theglobal economic crisis. However, in a year when manyare still dwelling on the disappointing outcome of theclimate change talks in Copenhagen - and lookingahead to Cancun - the world will also be looking togovernments to agree co-ordinated action to tackle amore lingering global crisis.As commentators, including the Nobel Prize winnerPaul Krugman, have suggested the opportunity existsfor significant investment in green technology, aimedat tackling the climate crisis and helping consolidate afragile economic recovery.Alongside the moral obligation to act against climatechange, there is - as the Lord Stern set out in suchstark detail - an economic imperative to avoid muchgreater costs in the future.SCOTLAND'S AMBITIONThe rapid exploitation of fossil fuels that powered theIndustrial Revolution and growth of today's globaleconomy has brought great prosperity to many,though not all, communities across the world. Butthere is a growing consensus about the need to take arange of steps to cut emissions that contribute to damaging climate change. ?Above: Alex Salmond Main Picture:A piperplays at the opening ofWhitelee wind farmGLOBAL RECESSION ANDCLIMATE CRISIS - A PERFECT STORM FOR RENEWABLES REVOLUTION074RENEWABLE ENERGYRT HON ALEX SALMONDMSP, FIRST MINISTER OF SCOTLANDC