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    Brazil scolds rich on environment
    President Lula wants rich nations to do more to combat climate change
    President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has accused developed countries of
    failing to do enough to fight against global warming.In a speech in Rio
    de Janeiro, President Lula said it was time for wealthy countries to do
    more to reduce gas emissions.He called on them to stop preaching on
    what to do with the Amazon rainforest.President Lula said developed
    nations applied a double standard in their approach to global
    warming.The Brazilian president has accused wealthy countries of not
    doing enough on the environment before, but he has rarely been this
    direct.He said they were skilful at drafting agreements and protocols,
    like the Kyoto treaty, to appear as if they were doing something to
    reverse dangerous gas emissions.In practice, however, he said the
    results proved otherwise.

    ‘World leader’
    President Lula was
    most adamant on the issue of deforestation.Developed countries, he
    said, had nothing to teach Brazil on the subject, adding that his
    country had reduced the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest by more
    than 50% in the last three years.

    Brazil says it has reduced Amazon deforestation by 50%
    was something which should serve as a lesson to developed countries,
    which in his words, had already deforested everything under their
    controlOn the subject of alternative fuels, President Lula described
    Brazil as a world leader.And indeed the South American country is the
    world’s largest producer of ethanol made from sugar cane and it has the
    world’s largest fleet of cars that run on alternative fuels.The
    Brazilian president said he would be leading an international campaign
    to highlight the need for wealthy countries to reduce gas emissions.His
    comments come a day after the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a
    UN conference on the environment that the world’s poor, who are the
    least responsible for global warming, will suffer the most from the
    effects of climate change.