COP26: Unlike the world, Brazil has seen an increase in carbon dioxide emissions in a year of the epidemic

COP26: Unlike the world, Brazil has seen an increase in carbon dioxide emissions in a year of the epidemic
  • Natalia Passarinho – npassarinho
  • From BBC News Brazil in London

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In 2020, greenhouse gas emissions increased by almost 10% in Brazil – the worst result since 2006. Deforestation was the biggest cause

In the opposite direction to the world, Brazil recorded a 9.5% increase in pollutant gas emissions in 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from the Observatory’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimation System (SEEG). On the other hand, the global average of emissions decreased by 7%, due to the interruption of flights, industries and services over the past year.

The data is released on the eve of COP26, the United Nations conference on climate change, which will take place between October 31 and November 12, in Glasgow, Scotland. At the event, which brings together leaders such as US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazil will try to prove that there is a “misleading” image abroad that the country is not committed to protecting the environment.

But the 2020 emissions tally could make that task more difficult, as it indicates that the country opposes its greenhouse gas reduction goals. According to a new SEEG estimate, Brazil emitted 2.16 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 2020, compared to 1.97 billion tons in 2019.

It’s the highest level of emissions in 14 years – since 2006. The biggest reason was the increase in deforestation in 2020, which was large enough to offset the reductions in emissions caused by the paralysis of the economy during the pandemic.

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