Brazil Ratifies Paris Agreement

Brazil, one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases ratified the Paris agreement to fight global warming.

Brazil’s President Michel Temer signed the ratification in Brasilia following approval by both houses of Congress.

U.S. and China had ratified the deal on September 3.

With Brazil’s ratification, the Paris climate agreement comes closer to the requirements to enter into force. It needs ratification by at least 55 parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change representing at least 55 percent of global emissions.

Brazil accounts for around 10 to 12 percent of global carbon pollution.

With its ratification, Brazil reinforced its commitment to cut carbon emissions by 37 percent by 2025 and 43 percent by 2030, compared to 2005.

The Paris Agreement aims to limit average temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. The agreement also calls for countries to do their best to try to limit that rise to 1.5 degrees.