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Rafael Herzberg- is an independent energy consultant, self-employed (since 2018) based in São Paulo, Brazil* Focus on C level, VPs and upper managers associated to energy related info, analysis...

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Amazon: from an asset to an environmental liability

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Amazon: from an asset to an environmental liability

International institutes have found that the Amazon basin - for the first time - has emitted 17 billion CO2 in the last 10 years, having absorbed 14 billion. Now it has become - therefore - a net emitting source of 3 billion CO2.

Deforestation and fires are the main causes of this sad fact.

What will Brazil do (or not) to reverse this situation?

The question is relevant for two more important aspects: (1) the environmental question itself and (2)  the country's image before the international community.

This is an essential challenge so that Brazil can be side by side with countries that commit to a viable future for humanity. And in parallel, for Brazil to be a destination of international investments, so necessary for its development.

What will be our choice?

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Matt Chester on May 4, 2021

Thanks for sharing, Rafael, but what a sad thing to read. If 10-20 years ago you had told somebody this, I wonder if the worst could have been prevented? Not that we didn't know the worst was happening, but I'm wondering how many leaders at the turn of the century are now wishing they acted differently 

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Rafael Herzberg on May 4, 2021

The problem is that most of the leaders are actually sided with the exploitation of the forest (not ostensibly of course). They take full advantage of the deforestation (for their personal benefit) and really don't care about emissions.

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