The globally important Amazon Rainforest is being threatened by fires, deforestation and possibly even development under the current Brazilian administration. Does this make Brazil a “climate outlaw” or is there more to the story? The Amazon plays a critical role in the Earth’s climate system as the most important ecosystem in the world. For years Brazil was a global leader in climate change, but in 2020 deforestation surged to a 12-year high and Brazil is heading toward missing its own target for reducing annual deforestation established in a 2009 climate change law. How should Brazil protect this important ecosystem for everyone, while also taking care of its citizens and economic development. Join WACU’s conversation as we explore this issue with our experts.
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