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Brazil Plans Economy-Wide Pollution Curb for Climate Deal

Brazil Plans Economy-Wide Pollution Curb for Climate Deal

Posted by Shanelle Weir on December 06, 2014

Brazil said it’s moving toward limiting fossil-fuel pollution as part of a global deal on climate change, making it the latest major developing nation to indicate it’s ready to set an emission goal.

Brazil’s government is considering three options for targets that would restrain the carbon dioxide produced and has made a proposal to the United Nations about how such measures could apply in other countries, said Antonio Marcondes, the country’s ambassador to a UN conference on climate change.

“We are in the process of determining our national contribution to the process,” Marcondes said yesterday at a press conference at the talks in Lima.

His remarks add momentum to bring developing countries led by China, India and Brazil into a global deal that would limit greenhouse gases in all nations rich and poor alike. Previous agreements like the 1997 Kyoto Protocol required cuts from industrialized nations but not developing ones -- a distinction that kept the U.S. from signing up.

``It should send other big emitters a strong signal to implement similar steps,'' said Martin Kaiser, head of climate policy for the environmental group Greenpeace, said by e-mail. ``Any mitigation target from Brazil must include cutting deforestation to zero and enhancing the deployment of decentralised renewable energies.''

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