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  • Brazil to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 43 per cent by 2030

    2015 - 10.07

    Brazil has pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 300 million tonnes by 2030, but some environmentalists say this is not enough.

    Speaking at the UN in New York, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has committed to a 37 per cent reduction from 2005 by 2025 and an ‘intended reduction' of 43 per cent by 2030. This will be achieved largely through preventing deforestation.

    Brazil has been widely praised for the work it has done in protecting the country's forests. Indeed, the drop in forest clearing avoided 3.2 billion tons of CO2 emissions between 2003 and 2013, or 320 million tons per year, according to a study published last year in the journal Science.

    With its latest emission targets, Brazil has become the first major developing country to pledge an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for an envisioned global pact against climate change, The Guardian reported.

    “Our goals are just as ambitious, if not more so, than those set by developed countries,” President Dilma Rousseff said as she announced the targets.

    The example set by Brazil bodes well ahead of the UN climate change summit, which is taking place in Paris at the end of the year. It is hoped that the high targets set by the South American nation will raise the bar for any similar targets set by the world's other leading polluters, of which Brazil is the seventh worst culprit.

    While praised as a step in the right direction, some critics have said President Rousseff missed a chance to go even further. They say that Brazil has already largely achieved the reduction targets it has set, which actually makes the goals rather conservative.

    Environmentalists also urged Brazilian authorities to take a more robust and realistic approach to eradicating deforestation by 2030.

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