“Brazil’s chief contribution to increasing the greenhouse effect certainly comes from the burnings,” affirmed Pedro Leite da Silva, professor at the Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics, and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of São Paulo, Brazil (USP).
In his opinion, the country póssesses a clean energy matrix with renewable energy sources, thus avoiding global warming.
According to the professor, Brazil has taken certain steps to prevent the burnings.
“Our country is recognized abroad nowadays as possessing mastery of the technique of monitoring burnings,” he said.
“Now our second step should be inspection and the definition of government policies to control the expansion of deforestation,” the professor affirmed.
Throughout the rest of the world, the fact of global warming constitutes a consensus.
The great majority of scientists currently agrees that there are, indeed, signs of a change in the warming process and a change in the pattern of some events, such as periods that are hot, very cold, very humid, or very dry.
For the USP professor, the Kyoto Protocol will not bring immediate positive results.
“Any measure we adopt today to combat global warming will only have an impact many years from now, but it is essential to get the process underway,” he affirmed.
Translation: David Silberstein