Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro points finger at developed countries for historic fossil-fuel burning

Louise Boyle
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 (Independent)
(Independent)

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro pointed the finger at developed nations for “burning fossil fuels in the course of the past two centuries” during pointed remarks at the White House climate summit on Thursday.

The leader said that Brazil has accounted for less than 1 per cent of historic greenhouse gas emissions, despite being a large developing economy.

Mr Bolsonaro said that as “home of the planet’s greatest biodiversity”, Brazil was at the forefront of efforts to tackle global warming.

He also announced that he was bringing forward the country’s commitment to climate neutrality by ten years, pledging to reach the goal by 2050. He also said that he would eliminate illegal deforestation in Brazil by 2030.