Brazil won’t host climate change conference. Why the surprise?

military Brazil won't host climate change conference. Why the surprise?
Street digital thermometer display a temperature of 41 degrees Celsius in São Paulo. Photo: Nelson Antoine/Shutterstock

On Tuesday (November 27), the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it had given up on competing to be the host of COP 25, the United Nations’ annual climate change conference, to be held in November 2019. The alleged reasons are lack of funds and the political transition the country is going through—as President-elect Jair Bolsonaro will be sworn in come January 1st.

Officials from the city of Foz do Iguaçu and the governor-elect of Paraná, Ratinho Junior, sent a letter to Brasilia defending the hosting of the event. The document argued that COP-25 could generate more than...

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