According to recent reports, Brazil will become the world’s first major greenhouse gas emitter to formally approve the UN’s new climate change pact on Monday, 29th of August, 2016.
“According to sources in the Brazilian executive branch, the government has already begun to plan for the early implementation of its climate plan.
The country, which accounts for just over 2% of global emissions, is the world’s seventh largest polluter and will cut emissions by 37% on 2005 levels by 2025 and end illegal deforestation in the Amazon by 2030, going by plans submitted to the UN in 2015.
Reports from China suggest the US and China may announce their commitments to the deal in September after meetings between senior officials.
Should all three countries sign up, the UN would be fast closing in on a threshold of 55 countries covering 55% of emissions, for the deal to become live.