Climate change: Brazil’s Lula to return to world stage at COP27

Brazil’s president-in-waiting Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is set to address the UN climate summit COP27 in Egypt, with expectations running high.

The election of the left-wing leader has been called the best news for the climate in 2022, as he promises to end deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.

Nations are meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss action to tackle climate change.

Lula is also meeting leaders including from US, China and EU.

There is a palpable sense of excitement at the visit of the newly elected Brazilian president to this summit.

Under President Jair Bolsonaro, who will hand over power to Lula in January, deforestation of the Amazon reached record highs.

A climate sceptic, Mr Bolsanaro accused NGOs of setting the Amazon on fire to embarrass his government, and he allowed illegal mining to expand in the Amazon, including on protected indigenous land.

Puyr Tembé, an indigenous leader from heavily deforested Pará state, told BBC News that Mr Bolsonaro…

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