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    Amazon campaigner to decide whether to replace late colleague

    2014 - 08.21

    Amazon campaigner Marina Silva is to decide whether to take up the position of Brazilian socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, after he was killed in a plane crash last week.

    Silva – the running mate of Campos – has yet to make public whether she will replace her former colleague, and she has until 23 August 2014 to make the decision.

    A former Green Party presidential candidate, Silva is extremely focused on issues such as deforestation and climate change in the country. Her environmental and sustainability credentials are said to be “second to none” and she is a keen protector of the rainforest, scooping numerous awards for her environmental and sustainable development campaigning.

    Silva campaigned to halt Amazon deforestation between 2003 and 2008, before she resigned following resistance from Brazil’s agribusiness lobby.

    Following a switch from Dilma Rouseff’s Workers Party to the Green Party, Silva managed to secure a record number of votes for the Green Party four years ago. She also had plans to found a new political party – the Sustainability Network – but these plans were curtailed by electoral regulators who said that she did not have the required number of signatures.

    PV Magazine confirmed that Silva was also awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for Central and South America in 1996, as well as being named one of the Champions of the Earth by the United Nations’ Environment Program in 2007. She also snapped up the organisation’s Sophie Prize for international environment and development work in 2009.

    Greenwood Management supports the legal and sustainable use of rainforest resources and is supportive of those such as Silva who work to protect the precious forests.

    Brazil achieves higher carbon cut than developing nations

    2014 - 08.06

    Brazil has urged developed countries to focus on their greenhouse-gas emissions after it managed to achieve an emissions cut of more than any developed nation across the globe.

    The country lowered its greenhouse-gas emissions by 3.2 billion metric tons over the years between 2005 and 2010, which is equivalent to “nine months of output in the European Union and better than any rich nation,” reported Bloomberg. Greenwood Management – which supports the sustainable use of rainforest resources – understands and supports the target to cut emissions and to encourage other nations to do the same.

    Following this achievement, the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations said that Brazil believed developed countries should concentrate on slashing their own emissions rather than spending time encouraging other developing nations to do so.

    The Ministry said: “It is high time for developed countries to act consistently and consequently with the course of action they prescribe. Confidence-building requires action, not talk.”

    Brazil is aiming to encourage countries that have contributed the highest amount of carbon emissions to global warming over the past few years, in light of UN talks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The convention is attempting to finalise a post-2020 deal that applies to all nations, and has called for national plans for emission limits by 31 August, 2015.

    The Ministry confirmed that Brazil slashed harmful emissions from deforestation in the Amazon by 70 per cent in 2010 compared with 2005. Overall, the total reductions achieved by Brazil over that time period were over double the 1.3 billion tons carried out by the entire 28-nation EU, European Environment Agency data confirmed.