"A global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions would prevent nearly 70,000 premature American deaths annually by the end of the century while sparing the country hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of economic losses, according to a major government study on the cost of climate change.
"Slowing the carbon buildup in the atmosphere would also prevent severe damage to a wide range of critical ecosystems, from Hawaiian coral reefs that support tourism to shellfish beds off the East Coast, said the report released by the White House on Monday."
"It is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth, boasting the Amazon rainforest,Andean mountains and the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution.
"Yet with a heavy reliance on oil and mining, Ecuador, where Pope Francis begins his South America tour this weekend, is a prime example of tensions between politics, business and the environment at the heart of last month's landmark encyclical."
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