24 Nov '11, 1pm

Blog: Time for Brazil to keep promises on protecting the Amazon

Copenhagen, December 2009: amidst the general feeling of disappointment due to the lack of leadership at the UN climate conference, Brazil is responsible for one of the very few rays of hope: the chief of cabinet announces a set of very ambitious environmental targets, including a commitment to a 80 per cent reduction in deforestation by 2020 . The chief of cabinet's name? Dilma Rousseff. Her job today? President of Brazil. Fast-forward to 2011: although only two years have passed, this year has seen the biggest spikes in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon in recent history. The latest data shows that between August 2010 and April 2011, deforestation increased by 27 per cent compared to the previous year. Unfortunately, it seems like this is only the beginning of an even more disturbing trend: satellite data for March and April 2011 shows that almost 600 sq km of forest...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/forests/time-keep-promi...

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