Brazil's Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo said on Wednesday, September 11th that unfounded alarm over global climate change was threatening Brazil’s sovereignty, Reuters reported.
"There is no climate change catastrophe," Araujo said in a talk at Washington's Heritage Foundation. "From the debate that is going on, it would seem that the world is ending."
A recent surge in fires in the Amazon, considered a bulwark against climate change, caused international criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro for prioritising development of the region over protection of the forests.
Araujo said Amazon fires were about average this year, and deforestation in Brazil was only responsible for 2% of global CO2 emissions. Globally, he added, deforestation was responsible for 11% of total CO2 emissions.
"So even if we assume that CO2 emissions directly control temperature, which the computer models do not show, Brazil is not the culprit," he said.
Bolsonaro has refused foreign interference the international criticism of his handling of the fires saying that Brazil will develop the Amazon as it deems fit.