The city of Santos, home to the busiest port in Latin America, has already begun dealing with the effects of climate change —such as rising sea levels. Reporters Amin Guidara and Euan Marshall visited the city, and tell the story in the following video.
Background reading on the effects of climate change in Brazil
- 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.
- Global warming and climate change could lead to the extinction of up to 10 percent of toad and frog species endemic to Brazil’s Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado, a savannah-like biome that spans almost one-quarter of the country.
- According to a group of researchers connected to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (Inpe), the 2015 drought alone led drought-induced fires to increase by 36 percent when compared to averages for the previous 12 years. These fires could generate emissions of up to one billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which contributes to the greenhouse effect as well as the increase in global temperatures.
- Given its strategic, ecological and economic value, the collective imagination of the Amazon region has always been filled with accusations of sabotage, espionage, piracy, and imperialism from abroad.