Brazil leads renewables effort at summit
Solar cells provide homes with electricity for
fluorescent lighting in Cacimbas, Ceara, Brazil
The Brazilian scientist and Secretary of the Environment of Sao Paulo, José Goldemberg, yesterday (28 August) told delegates that providing 10 per cent of the world's energy needs using sources such as wind, wave and solar power would cut pollution as well as boosting local economies and providing employment.
But a number of developed countries, including the United States, Japan and Australia, are opposed to setting global targets, insisting that nations should be left to decide their own plans.
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