Brazil leading the way in emission cuts

  • Brazil pledged on Sunday to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent 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.
  • The targets set by President Dilma Rousseff are more ambitious than those of most developed countries and the nation is confident that it will not need external support to achieve them.
  • Further, President Rousseff reaffirmed the country’s commitment to ending illegal deforestation in the Amazon, as stated during a joint announcement with US President Barack Obama in June, but fell short of declaring a freeze on deforestation in general as many environmental groups had sought.

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  Background

  • There has been a persistent deadlock in environmental pledges by countries amongst the developing and developed nations as both cite the others lack of effort as reasons for their own low targets.
  • The targets are sometimes used as a tool by the developed countries to restrict the development of the developing nations.
  • In light of the recent climate change promises made by all the countries with the SDGs it is heartening to see one of the developing countries break the deadlock and lead the way by setting bold standards which will hopefully be emulated by the rest of the world.

News Item Compiled by Girish Deepak

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