Friday, August 21, 2015

Germany and Brazil Join Forces on Climate Change Action

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) listens to Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff during a lunch at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, August 20, 2015. (Credit: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino) Click to Enlarge.
Germany and Brazil committed themselves on Thursday to a joint stance on climate change, putting the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff focused mainly on environmental cooperation during a 24-hour visit by the German leader that was also aimed at boosting trade and investment in Brazil's stagnant economy.

"We agreed on common actions to deal with one of the most important challenges of the 21st Century," Rousseff said.

She said Brazil is committed to reducing deforestation in the Amazon to zero by 2030.

Rousseff declared Brazilian support for decarbonizing the global economy by the end of the century, an announcement environmental activists said would boost hopes for such a target being agreed to in Paris.

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