The Amazon rain forest is on fire!

By |2019-08-22T07:00:49-08:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

To be honest this the only thing we should all be talking about right now.

Courtesy of CNN:

The Amazon is burning — and humans are likely to blame.

Environmental organizations and researchers say the wildfires blazing in the Brazilian rainforest were set by cattle ranchers and loggers who want to clear and utilize the land, emboldened by the country’s pro-business president.

“The vast majority of these fires are human-lit,” said Christian Poirier, the program director of non-profit organization Amazon Watch.

He added that even during dry seasons, the Amazon — a humid rainforest — doesn’t catch on fire easily, unlike the dry bushland in California or Australia.

Farmers and ranchers have long used fire to clear land, said Poirier, and are likely behind the unusually large number fires burning in the Amazon today.

The country’s space research center (INPE) said this week that the number of fires in Brazil are 80% higher than last year. More than half are in the Amazon region, spelling disaster for the local environment and ecology.

The Amazon forest produces about 20% of the world’s oxygen, and is often called “the planet’s lungs.” According to the World Wildlife Fund, if it is irrevocably damaged, it could start emitting carbon instead — the major driver of climate change.

Did that last part get your attention?

Because it certainly got mine. 

In other words the place which provides 20% of the air that we breathe might instead start emitting carbon which is choking this planet to death. 

This fire has been burning for over three weeks and for some reason did not make it to the nation’s headlines until just recently.

I realize that we are all very concerned with what Donald Trump might do next to our world, but if this fire continues much longer he may not have a planet left to fuck up. 

Speaking of Trump these fires in Brazil are likely also the result of a right-wing politician being ignorant of climate change.

Courtesy of Buzzfeed:

A record number of wildfires have torched the Amazon this year as deforestation efforts increase under far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro, who vowed to develop the Amazon region when he took office in January, has criticized the government agency’s data and recently fired its head over what he called “lies” that damaged Brazil’s reputation.

“News like this that does not match the truth causes great damage to the image of Brazil,” Bolsonaro, referring to the deforestation numbers, claimed in a press conference.

When they say that elections have consequences they are not just blowing smoke up your skirt. 

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymously August 22, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    UN report urges action on plastic as it reveals we are ALL drinking microplastics in water and they may be carrying bacteria into our guts.

    Tiny particles of plastic carrying ‘biofilms’ that could contain disease causing bacteria and which may already be entering our guts have contaminated drinking water supplies around the world, a landmark UN report has warned.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has compiled the most comprehensive review to date of the evidence of microplastics – tiny plastic particles measuring less than five millimetres (0.2 inches).

    Microplastics have hit headlines over recent years, as they have been detected in marine water, wastewater, fresh water, food, air and drinking-water, both bottled and tap water.

    Now, for the first time, WHO has examined the potential human health impacts of exposure to microplastics through drinking-water.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7379837/UN-drinking-water-report-calls-crackdown-microplastic-pollution.html

  2. Anonymously August 22, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Here’s why Trump wants to buy Greenland

    Greenland’s strategic value is linked tightly to new North Atlantic shipping lanes opening up due to melting polar ice caps. The new lanes have dramatically decreased maritime trade travel times, which generally includes traveling through the Panama or Suez canals to circumnavigate the world.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/heres-why-trump-wants-to-buy-greenland.html

  3. Anonymous August 22, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Yeah well people like trump and putin figure they wont be around when the shit hits the fan. Their offsprings will be with grandchildren but there will be no creatve ideas from them how to fix or salvage any of this. They are so rich they dont worry about oxygen.

  4. Paul August 22, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Gryphen is right; this might be the single most important story we should be talking about. One relatively easy action everyone can take is to stop eating beef, and replace it with a plant-based product. If you can’t do that, at least cut your consumption of beef. Beef is a world-wide commodity, so even if all of the beef you are eating is raised in the US, less demand means less cattle world-wide, which means less rain forest to destroy. As an added benefit, replacing beef with a plant-based food is good for your health.

  5. Tam P. August 22, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    People prefer the ease and oblivion of Alexa. Alexa needs to talk back: “Hey buddy stop buying shit,” “you already have a child so use condoms or go get snipped,”that is made of plastic reuse it until its dead and don’t buy more,” you already have one car,” “walk instead you lazy fat ignorant fuck,”you’re no more important than your dog or that plant or that rock”.

  6. anon August 22, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    The single most important thing we can do which is necessary if we are to survive is to wake up to our evolutionary nature: transcend thought and previously held perceptions. This means the laws of karma and reincartion are in effect. THERE SIMPLY IS NO “OTHER” SAVIOR. WE ARE OUR SALVATION.

    Only then are we alive.

  7. 2030-2100 August 23, 2019 at 7:43 am

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2016/06/what-happened-day-dinosaurs-died-chicxulub-drilling-asteroid-science/

    While most accounts focus on the spectacular violence of those first few minutes to days after the impact, it was the long-term environmental effects that ultimately wiped out most dinosaurs and much of the rest of life on Earth.

    End Time$

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