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Minc: Brazil should slash carbon emissions

Minc: Brazil should slash carbon emissions

Brazil's environment minister is pushing a plan for a 40 percent cut in carbon emissions within in a decade.
Minister Carlos Minc says he wants the government to shoot for a target of 1.7 billion tons of carbon emissions by 2020, down from current projections that emissions will rise to 2.7 billion tons by then.
He says he wants Brazil to announce the plan at a 192-nation climate-change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. But the final decision is up to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Minc said Tuesday that even with a booming economy, Brazil can offset its carbon emissions in several ways, principally by slowing Amazon deforestation.