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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil's carbon emissions surged last year because of rising deforestation in the Amazon, jeopardizing the country's commitments under the Paris climate accord, an environmental group warned on Friday.

Brazil injected a total of 2.17 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere in 2019, an increase of 9.6 percent from 2018, said the Brazilian Climate Observatory, a coalition of environmental organizations.

That coincided with the first year in office for President Jair Bolsonaro, a climate-change skeptic who has presided over a sharp increase in deforestation and wild fires in the Amazon. The . . .

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