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Brazil Climate Best Practice: Fonte dos Ventos, Brazil’s First Hybrid Energy Park
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Brazil Climate Best Practice: Fonte dos Ventos, Brazil’s First Hybrid Energy Park

By Climate Scorecard Brazil Country Manager Elis Cotosky Brazil has the largest renewable energy potential in the world. Over the past few years, both wind and solar have proven to be a good, and increasingly cheap, alternative to fossil fuels. These energy sources have grown more than 20 times from 2009 to 2019, representing more...

Brazil Climate Policy Recommendations
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Brazil Climate Policy Recommendations

As mentioned in previous Climate Scorecard reports (1), the current Brazilian government is not doing much to mitigate climate change. Just last year several environmental policies had their funding diminished or were abolished entirely. These policy setbacks contributed to rising GHG emissions in the country, which increased by over 100% when compared to 1990 levels...

Brazil Sources 45% of its Energy from Renewables
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Brazil Sources 45% of its Energy from Renewables

Brazil is one of the largest energy producing countries in the world and the third–largest producer in the Western Hemisphere. In regards to the UN’s 7th Sustainable Development Goal (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), Brazil’s energy policies actually have been very effective in meeting world’s most urgent energy challenges....

120.24% Increase in Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels in Brazil Since 1990
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120.24% Increase in Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels in Brazil Since 1990

Recently Reported Greenhouse Gas Emissions Level: 406.25 Metric Tons in 2018, an increase of 120.24% from 1990 (IEA) As the sixth largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter in the world, Brazil is an extremely relevant country in discussions about climate action. Over the last decade the country has undergone an exponential increase in emissions. According to...

Brazil is on the Verge of a Serious Climate Crisis
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Brazil is on the Verge of a Serious Climate Crisis

It is unsurprising that the same administration which vowed to take advantage of the pandemic to “pass the cattle” is also approving the easing of environmental laws. Brazil’s most relevant climate-related news is concerning given its preoccupation with legislative changes in conservation and the preservation of ecosystems. President Bolsonaro’s rolling back of climate mitigation and...

Outstanding Climate Research is conducted in Brazil through IPNE and the Interdisciplinary Climate Investigation Center
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Outstanding Climate Research is conducted in Brazil through IPNE and the Interdisciplinary Climate Investigation Center

Country specific climate research is critical for enabling adaptation and mitigation strategies, and to support decision making in general. In the case of Brazil, it is key to generating scientific advances in what particularly relates to the linkages between climate and Land-Uses and Land-Cover Changes (LULCC) (ie. deforestation) and the impacts on the ecosystems we...

Green Jobs are a Growing Part of Brazil’s Economy but the Government Could Do More to Encourage Green Job Growth
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Green Jobs are a Growing Part of Brazil’s Economy but the Government Could Do More to Encourage Green Job Growth

Green jobs (or as it is called in Portuguese “emprego verde”) are already a huge part of Brazil’s economy. According to a study that formed the basis for a master thesis defended recently at the university of São Paulo[1], Brazil currently has over 6.5 million jobs linked to considered green environmental sectors in the Brazilian...

Representation in Politics is Essential for Brazil’s Promotion of Climate Justice
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Representation in Politics is Essential for Brazil’s Promotion of Climate Justice

All around the world governments are experiencing the demand for intersectionality as a fundamental principle in environmental decision-making. That is to say, inequity needs to be considered when public policies are created in order to address both social justice and environmental issues. This is particularly relevant for Brazil, that, as a developing country, often sees...

Brazil Can Reduce Its Carbon Footprint as Part of Its COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program
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Brazil Can Reduce Its Carbon Footprint as Part of Its COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program

In the last Climate Scorecard report for Brazil, we discussed how Land Use and Land Cover Changes (LULCC) are a pressing concern for Brazil’s commitment to emission reductions targets in terms of climate mitigation. In particular, the agribusiness and logging industries and consequential large-scale tropical deforestation (motivated by the extraction of high-profile wood such as...

Land Use and Land Cover Are Cause for Concern for Climate and Biodiversity in Brazil
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Land Use and Land Cover Are Cause for Concern for Climate and Biodiversity in Brazil

In previous Climate Scorecard articles, we have hinted at how Land Use and Land Cover Changes (LULCC) are a pressing concern for Brazil’s commitment to emission reductions targets. That is because throughout history Brazil has been marked by the consistent removal of tropical forests, a human-induced impact credited as being a relevant source of carbon...

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