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Brazil pledges to slash emissions by 43%

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Brazil pledged on Sunday to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent by 2030 as its contribution to a United Nations climate agreement, but said it will include reductions from past efforts against deforestation to help it reach the target.

President Dilma Rousseff presented the country’s pledges during a speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, noting the targets are more ambitious than those of most developed countries and that Brazil will not need external support to achieve them.

Brazil already curbed emissions by 41 percent between 2005 and 2012, largely through fighting deforestation. Rousseff reaffirmed the country’s commitment to ending that illegal practice in the Amazon, as stated during a joint announcement with U.S. President Barack Obama in June, but fell short of declaring a freeze on deforestation in general as many environmental groups had sought.

Emissions from deforestation worldwide account for 15 percent of global heat-trapping gases, or the equivalent of what is emitted by the entire transport sector. Brazil holds the largest rain forests in the world.

But estimates from leading researchers on land use change in Brazil indicate legal deforestation could still be carried out in an area of around 250 million acres, equivalent to the size of Colombia.

Brazil has said it intends to offset emissions coming from regulated deforestation but has not provided further details.

“Brazil is one of a few developing countries to commit to an absolute emissions reduction target,” Rousseff said at the U.N.

“We have one of the world’s largest populations and GDP, and our targets are as ambitious or more ambitious than those of developed countries,” she said.

Al Jazeera and Reuters

18 Comments on "Brazil pledges to slash emissions by 43%"

  1. Plantagenet on Sun, 27th Sep 2015 11:23 am 

    I’m sure that BrazIl will do just as good a job at cutting their CO2 emissions as they’ve done cleaning up government corruption and developing their sub-salt oil deposits.


  2. JuanP on Sun, 27th Sep 2015 11:34 am 

    The Amazon jungle will go up in smoke as droughts, heatwaves, and deforestation finish it off. This will increase Brazilian emissions significantly. This goal is a pipe dream that will never be achieved.

  3. Davy on Sun, 27th Sep 2015 11:35 am 

    That will be easy for Brazil because they are going down the deflation rat hole. Little will be little left in just a few years. They will be one of the first dominos to fall followed by all the others.

  4. BobInget on Sun, 27th Sep 2015 12:46 pm 

    Must see! On Netflix, On topic.

  5. GregT on Sun, 27th Sep 2015 1:51 pm 

    “I’m sure that BrazIl will do just as good a job at cutting their CO2 emissions as they’ve done cleaning up government corruption and developing their sub-salt oil deposits.”

    Ummm, wouldn’t developing their sub-salt oil deposits add to their CO2 emissions?

  6. penury on Sun, 27th Sep 2015 4:00 pm 

    I agree with Davy. A lot of the world will be reducing emissions for the same reasons.

  7. Ted Wilson on Sun, 27th Sep 2015 6:14 pm 

    “Brazil already curbed emissions by 41 percent between 2005 and 2012, largely through fighting deforestation.”

    They also ramped up the production of bio-fuels greatly and this could have cut down their pollution.

    Brazil is a bio-fuel superpower.

  8. Boat on Sun, 27th Sep 2015 6:48 pm 

    The volatility in oil prices is good for the world long term. Markets need to be stable to improve problem solving. Another reason to get off of fossil fuels. Another round of six years of $4 gasoline might push electric to the forefront.

  9. makati1 on Sun, 27th Sep 2015 8:04 pm 

    I suspect that the cost of oil, vs the ability to buy and burn it, is going to drop emissions all over the world, especially in the West. But it is too late to save humanity or most living things.

    I wonder how much pollution is added by the forest fires in the west? Or the burning of the forests in Malaysia to plant trees for biofuels? Ditto for the Amazon forest. Or the exhaust of hundreds of millions of aging autos in the US? Or? Easy to point a finger at others. But three are pointing back at you.

  10. makati1 on Sun, 27th Sep 2015 9:42 pm 

    More goodies from the friends in the south…

    “A tropical storm could have carried the corn disease tar spot into the heart of the U.S. farm belt for the first time, as winds and rain blew in from Latin America, researchers told Reuters.”

    Mother Nature does not notice boundaries.

  11. marko on Mon, 28th Sep 2015 3:49 am 

    more lies and more lies, who else listening those rotten to the core politician

  12. Davy on Mon, 28th Sep 2015 7:24 am 

    Ted – “Brazil already curbed emissions by 41 percent between 2005 and 2012, largely through fighting deforestation.”

    Ted, come on, should a country brag about something like limiting emissions from not doing something it should not do anyway. Deforestation is not an example of limiting emissions. This is just another phony example of a trying to make oneself feel better about lowering emissions the easy way by talk.

    Lower emissions means doing less period in this day and age. It means economic decline. There is no other way to get there. Efficiency and technology are not the answer. They create more emissions initially and eventually which is well known. Having a smaller population and consumption foot print is the “ONLY WAY” talking anything else is mental masturbation.

  13. Kenz300 on Mon, 28th Sep 2015 8:57 am 

    Climate Change is real… we will all be impacted by it….

    Every country needs to do its part to reduce the use of fossil fuels that contribute to Climate Change.

    We all need to do something to reduce our use of fossil fuels.

  14. zoidberg on Mon, 28th Sep 2015 10:10 am 

    Brainwashing 3 2 1…

  15. Paul on Mon, 28th Sep 2015 2:20 pm 

    Does anybody really believe the lies of the PT (Communist) government?
    I’ve lived here for over 20 years and feel that I have the right and knowledge to speak on these issues…. the PT government are corrupt beyond imagination. The $9 billion charge at Petrobras is a lie and absolute nonsense. Try around $500 billion that left the country under PT governance. Lula was at the right time in the world’s economy to really improve this country…. he did absolutely nothing except fill his own pockets, those of his family and cronies, and paid off the lower class to vote in the total idiot Dilma.
    The reality here is that those who work are being screwed…and the most educated/intelligent are leaving.
    The country is going down faster than anybody thought possible thanks to the communists…the PT.
    Care to argue? I’m willing to discuss this with anybody!!

  16. penury on Mon, 28th Sep 2015 4:37 pm 

    Paul, I am not here to argue with you. You probably have more info than anyone else here. No I just wanted to ask a question, What makes Brazil unique? I thought those qualities were needed to get elected anywhere in the world. I know that if all of our corrupt politicians disappeared overnight, Congress could not muster a quorum to adjourn.

  17. makati1 on Mon, 28th Sep 2015 8:43 pm 

    penury, you are looking in the same direction I am, it seems. ALL governments are corrupt today. ALL countries are struggling to stay alive in a contracting world.

    But those with the most resources left will be the ones to survive. The US wasted most of ours in the last century and now has to plunder other countries for our survival. Brazil has powerful friends with money(BRICS). I doubt they will be allowed to fail and fall into the clutches of the American beast.

  18. Davy on Mon, 28th Sep 2015 9:00 pm 

    Geez, Dog paw, we just had a blow out over shit like you are barking. Can’t you lay off the hot sauce for a few hours so things can calm down? You could have said the same thing with acceptable wording IOW you could have looked educated instead of a shit disturber. I think you enjoy spreading hate and disconnect. Here doggie look at me “spit” there you go a big nasty snot loogie in your eye.

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