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BRAZIL’S ACTUAL FOREST-RELATED CO2 EMISSIONS COULD DEFEAT PARIS PLEDGE

04/23/2018

While Brazil’s reported CO2 emissions are compliant with UN guidelines, scientists suggest that these guidelines ignore significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions, namely carbon-emitting forestry practices. For example, the UN doesn’t require Brazil or other developing countries to count “non-anthropogenic” emission sources, which includes wildlife CO2 releases. In Brazil, however, the majority of fires are intentionally set by humans in an attempt to clear land. Moreover, the UN does not have reporting criteria for forest degradation, methane emitted from reservoirs, and carbon released from soil when forests are converted to cropland and pastures, meaning these emissions may be partially, if not completely, unreported. These reporting limitations may not be exclusive to Brazil, but due to the magnitude of its forests, this oversight may have tremendous implications for the country’s actual emissions. For the full story, see: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/04/brazils-actual-forest-related-co2-emissions-could-blow-by-paris-pledge/.