Climate Change
Global Issues
South America
Megan Darby

Brazil supports decarbonisation of the global economy by the end of the century, president Dilma Rousseff declared on Thursday.

She backed the G7 stance on a long term goal to phase out fossil fuels during a visit by German chancellor Angela Merkel to Brasilia.

The leaders of the biggest economies in Europe and Latin America committed to a joint stance on climate change ahead of talks to sign off a global deal in Paris this December.

“We agreed on common actions to deal with one of the most important challenges of the 21st Century,” said Rousseff, according to a Reuters report.

Brazil, the world’s fifth largest greenhouse gas emitter after China, the US, EU and India, has yet to submit its contribution to a Paris deal.

All countries are expected to enter strategies to green their economies by 1 October, to underpin an international agreement.


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Global Issues
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