Deforestation charges BRL 247 million for climate damage
Climate Observatory joins the attorney general’s office against the defendants’ claim that Obama claimed to have deforested 14,000 hectares of Amazon.
The Climate Observatory (OC) on June 5, World Environment Day, filed three demonstrations of deforestation in Para and Amazon, charging R $ 247.3 million from major deforestation in the region. amazon For damage to the climate caused by deforestation between 2004 and 2017. This is by far the largest compensation claim in the country.
Defendants are already being prosecuted by IBAMA Logging Illegal exploitation of about 14,000 hectares of forest on rural property in both the states. He has been fined several times by the Environmental Agency and in the process set, he is demanded to repay the union for around R $ 357 million for various offenses.
Now, the OC suggests that – in addition to the environmental damage caused by deforestation and fires by defendants – the federal government must charge for greenhouse gases emitted when converting these areas into pastures and agriculture. The network asked to enter the process amicus curiae Of the Attorney General’s Office, which represents the Brazilian state in action against deforestation. This means that the OC is supporting the federal government in court, providing supplementary data, which has co-opted the union’s compensation claims in each action.
A calculation by the SEEG team (Meteorological Observatory’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Estimation System) shows that deforestation, burning of forest remnants and obstruction of regeneration of deforested areas emitted a total of 10.4 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. (COTwoAnd).
For comparison, this is the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by Armenia in one year and higher than that emitted by Costa Rica, According to ClimateWatch data. By converting these emissions into monetary value, using the price reference given to Brazil to reduce deforestation within the scope of the Amazon Fund (US $ 5 per tonne), the OC team reached a total of R $ 247.3 million. Demanded in actions. This is the first such action in the countryIn 2021, Amazonas’s federal public ministry, in partnership with Ipam, demanded a BRL 44 million climate loss.
Deforestation is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions in the country. In 2020, the last year for which data is available, the SEEG estimates that deforestation, mainly in the Amazon and Cerrado, contributes 46% of Brazilian gas emissions, causing global warming. The destruction of the Amazon alone emits more than Spain and the United Kingdom combined.
In the petitions, the OC argues that, by illegally deforestation, the defendants have become the direct culprits of climate change, affecting a growing number of people, most of whom are poor – see a record of 129 deaths by the end of May. Greater Recife.
“Environmental damage is a species, of which climate damage is a species. Then, deforestation doesn’t just happen; It is illegal deforestation that has a tangible effect [gases de efeito estufa] And create an environmental imbalance that will persist for generations, ”the OC petition says.
“It simply came to our notice then amicus curiae Of the Bolsonaro government, which shows that even a broken clock shows the correct time twice a day, “said Marcio Astrini, executive secretary of the Meteorological Observatory. “There are Brazilian state officials who, in the absence of their president, openly support the destruction, try to do the right thing, and hold criminals responsible for destroying Brazilians’ heritage and endangering all humanity. We will support these public servants in court. ”
About the Weather Observatory – Founded in 2002, it is the main network of Brazilian civil society on the climate agenda, with more than 70 member organizations, including environmental NGOs, research institutes and social movements.
Source: Solanj a. Barrera – Weather Observatory
In EcoDebate, ISSN 2446-9394, 06/10/2022
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