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.