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Brazilian CO2 pollution outstripping economic growth: study

by Staff Writers
Sao Paulo (AFP) Nov 19, 2007
The increase in CO2 pollution Brazil spewed out between 1994 and 2005 surpassed the rate of its economic growth, a study published Monday in the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper said.

Carbon dioxide output over that period grew 45 percent, the report by the Economy and Energy Institute said.

The annual increase in the greenhouse gas production was 3.4 percent -- higher than the 2.6 percent yearly growth in gross domestic product, it said.

"The country is polluting more than the wealth it is creating," the newspaper said of the figures.

According to the Rio de Janeiro-based institute cited, Brazil pumped out 91 million tons of carbon gases in 2005, compared with 63 million tons in 1994.

That 2005 figure was higher than the carbon pollution put out by Austria and the Netherlands combined, the Folha de Sao Paulo noted.

It said the figures excluded emissions resulting from deforestation of the Amazon which, the daily stated, would make Brazil "the fifth-biggest polluter in the world" if included.

The director of the Economy and Energy Institute, Carlos Feu, said the hike in pollution output in Brazil could be put down to two causes: more cars were on the road, and Brazilians were using "dirtier" energy.

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