Weekly Report - 18 November 2021 (WR-21-46)

BRAZIL: Deforestation data dashes attempt at green image

Although President Jair Bolsonaro did not attend the COP26 climate talks earlier this month in Scotland (“everyone would have thrown stones at him”, Vice President Hamilton Mourão said to explain the head of state’s absence), a large delegation was present at the conference in Glasgow to push the image of Brazil as a green power. Pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and end deforestation by 2028 were welcomed but viewed with scepticism by many [WR-21-44] – scepticism which appeared justified when Brazil’s latest deforestation figures were published on 12 November.

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