Behind Brazil's Forest Fires: Amazon Tipping Point & Cattle-Driven Deforestation

From January to August 2019, forest fires in Brazil increased by 76% year over year, according to the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research. The raging fires are heightening concerns about deforestation and sustainability in the Brazilian Amazon. What is the “tipping point” beyond which the Amazon’s hydrological cycle will be unable to support rainforest systems? What is the role of Brazil’s cattle industry in this dilemma and how can sustainability be strengthened  in the industry? What are the major risks to investors and how can investors contribute to solutions?

To address these questions, the Emerging Markets Investors Alliance had the honor to present Carlos Nobre from the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and Barabara Kuepper and Matt Piotrowski from Chain Reaction Research. Carlos discussed Brazil’s fires, deforestation, and the Amazonian “tipping point.” Barbara and Matt discussed the cattle industry’s role in Brazil’s deforestation, the risks that deforestation poses to investors, and potential solutions to improve sustainability performance.


Carlos A. Nobre, Institute for Advanced Studies University of São Paulo
Barbara Kuepper, Profundo
Matt Piotrowski, Climate Advisers