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Brazil’s new deforestation climate pledge draws skepticism

At COP26 this week, more than 100 countries committed to ending deforestation by 2030. But deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has only accelerated since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January 2019. 60 percent of the world’s rainforest are in Brazil.

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If there is to be any prospect of meeting that 2030 target, the world needs Brazil on board. That’s why statesmen like U.S. climate envoy John Kerry applauded the country when Brazil’s environment minister announced on Monday at COP26 an ambition to end illegal deforestation two years ahead of that schedule, by 2028.

“Looking forward to working together!”, Kerry wrote on Twitter.

But scientists, nonprofits and indigenous groups are skeptical.

“In the past three years, deforestation has only gone up,” said Luciana Gatti, a scientist at Brazil’s space research agency INPE who studies the Amazon’s role in global climate change.

“Without a radical overhaul of enforcement and the system of environmental fines it will be very difficult to achieve that goal,” she added.

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Over 100 nations promise to end deforestation by 2030

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More than 100 world leaders have signed a historic pact to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030, in a deal that has been hailed by some observers as one of the “first major outcomes” from the COP26 Climate Summit.

The UK, the US, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Canada, and Russia are among the countries to sign the agreement, which is set to be announced at a forest and land use event tomorrow at COP26 by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the UK government confirmed late last night.

In his address to world leaders at the event, Johnson is expected to hail the new agreement – which reportedly has been signed by governments responsible for the 85 per cent of the world’s forests – as an “unprecedented” step forward for efforts to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises.

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