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Forests and renewables, US and Brazil’s pledge against climate change
Brazil and the United States have reached an agreement to tell the world that climate change is one of the crucial challenges of the century. And it has to be faced by joining hands.
Brazil and the United States have reached an historic agreement to put climate change at the top of their governments’ agenda. The meeting between the US President Barack Obama and the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff resulted in the pledge to increase the renewable electricity production by 20% of the total requirements by 2030.
Brazil also committed to reforesting 12 million hectares of deteriorated land, an area equivalent to the size of England or the American state of Pennsylvania. “Climate change is one of the central challenges of the 21st century and we have one important objective, which is, number one, to ensure that the energy mix in our two countries will have a substantial share of renewable sources of energy,” said Rousseff.
To reach the energy goal, the United States has to triple its production of wind and solar power and other renewable sources, whilst Brazil should at least double it, excluding hydro power production.
The agreement with Brazil is only the latest, and it is included in President Obama’s strategy to directly involve developing countries in the CO2 reduction process and in the fight against climate change, in view of the new climate change binding deal to be reached in December. Over the last few months, Obama has met the leaders of China and India, and the agreements they reached demonstrate that world’s leading economies understood the need of working jointly. Only by doing this it will be possible to face international community’s future challenges, and to reach results and benefits for everyone.
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