Brazil refuses to join pledge to end deforestation | Report from the BBC

Brazil refuses to join pledge to end deforestation | Report from the BBC

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon can be caused by large-scale farming yet Brazil has refused to sign up to a pact setting a deadline for ending deforestation entirely by 2030.

The US, Canada and European Union nations were among 30 states that agreed to halve forest loss by 2020 and work towards a 2030 goal.

But Brazil, which owns the largest continuous rainforest on the planet, refused to sign because it could contravene national law.

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