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Brazil to unveil new, but unambitious climate goals at COP26

While the country's proposed new climate pledge raises emissions reduction goals, it does not go nearly far enough — and may even allow Brazil to pollute more

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Extreme climate events have become more common in Brazil. Photo: Issac Fontana/Shutterstock

The Brazilian government plans to launch new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce carbon emissions next week, as part of the Paris Agreement. The country’s leading negotiator at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow told Reuters that Brazil would raise its current 43-percent 2030 emissions reduction goal to 45 percent. 

However, The Brazilian Report understands that the pledge contains fine print that ultimately makes the Jair Bolsonaro government’s climate ambition insufficient to tackle the global rise in temperatures. 

The first NDC submitted by the Brazilian government and ratified in 2016 promised to reduce carbon emissions by 37 percent...

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