Front-runner in Brazil's election wants to pull out of climate treaty

2019-03-04 08:01:00

Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty IT IS not a move in the right direction. The first round of Brazil’s presidential election has been won by a far-right candidate who wants to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. This comes just as a major climate report has highlighted how we aren’t doing nearly enough to meet the targets of the deal (see “What you need to know about the big UN climate report out today”). Jair Bolsonaro (pictured) will face a left-wing Workers’ Party candidate in the second round on 28 October after he failed to get 50 per cent of the total votes – the requirement to win outright in the first round. As a large developing country and home of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil’s actions really matter when it comes to limiting further climate change. At one point, the country had succeeded in greatly slowing deforestation, but in recent years the rate of loss has soared. The Amazon rainforest is being cut down to make way for cattle ranches and soya farms. High prices for soya, as well as reduced funding for forest protection, are behind the change. This article appeared in print under the headline “Brazil may exit Paris climate deal” Leader: