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Brazilian minister calls on rich nations to cut carbon emissions

Called on developed nations to detail plans to reduce carbon emissions at negotiations next month in Peru

RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil’s environment minister says her nation will be a protagonist at a climate change conference in Peru, and will hold developed nations accountable for commitments to reduce carbon emissions.

Minister Izabella Teixeira told The Associated Press that nations like the United States should detail plans to reduce carbon emissions at negotiations set to take place next month in Peru.

She notes that 47 per cent of Brazil’s primary energy supply comes from renewable resources, compared to 10 per cent in the U.S.

Teixeira, referring to the richest 20 countries, wants “to know what the (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) OECD nations will do to duplicate our efforts.”

The Peru meeting will lay the groundwork for a final agreement on carbon emission reductions to be negotiated at a Paris summit next year.

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