Brazil’s carbon dioxide emissions soared last year due to greater deforestation in regions including the Amazon, dealing a fresh blow to President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental credentials. Emissions rose 9.5% versus 2019, according to a report published Thursday by Observatorio do Clima, a network of Brazilian environmental organizations. On the other hand, global emissions fell 7% due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Aerial view of a burning area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020. The report may prompt fresh scrutiny of Brazil’s policies ahead of the COP26 global climate summit. In the past two years, Bolsonaro’s government has faced international outrage over increased deforestation in the Amazon, as well as other regions including the Cerrado and Pantanal wetlands. Last year, Brazil produced the highest amount of tons of carbon dioxide since 2006, according to the report. The Environment Ministry didn’t immediately reply […]