On the Brazilian leg of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s Latin America tour that also included visits to Colombia, Chile and Peru, Brazil’s environment ministry announced that a three-year ban on beef exports to China would be imminently lifted. Nine industrial beef producers have now been approved to supply the Chinese market after the formal cancellation of the ban, in place since 2012 because of a single reported case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (or BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease). The approval of more Brazilian beef plants is expected to follow.
Despite an 18 percent reduction in deforestation, Brazil was unable to significantly reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions in 2014. A forward-thinking plan for cutting emissions from the country’s rapidly growing power sector, which are poised to surpass emissions from deforestation, is essential if the pledge in Brazil’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution … Continue Reading ››