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[OLD NEWS] Amazon deforestation worst in 10 years - Kyng - 11-24-2018

Brazil https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-46327634 Brazil 

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil has hit its highest rate in a decade, according to official data.

About 7,900 sq km (3,050 sq miles) of the world's largest rainforest was destroyed between August 2017 and July 2018 - an area roughly five times the size of London.

Environment Minister Edson Duarte said illegal logging was to blame.

The figures come amid concerns about the policies of Brazil's newly elected president, Jair Bolsonaro.

During the 2018 election campaign, Mr Bolsonaro pledged to limit fines for damaging forestry and to weaken the influence of the environmental agency.



Wow, this has been receiving all kinds of attention for years now, and it's quite depressing that nothing's happening. 

I would say "I hope it gets better soon", but this Bolsonaro guy sounds like he has absolutely no interest in the long-term health of the planet, and only cares about short-term profits, to the detriment of everyone else <_< .


RE: Amazon deforestation worst in 10 years - Detective Osprey - 11-24-2018

Animal ag’s fault. :/


RE: Amazon deforestation worst in 10 years - Kyng - 11-24-2018

(11-24-2018, 04:31 PM)ObsessedwithBirds Wrote: Animal ag’s fault. :/

Historically, this is true to a large extent :( . While it's not the only cause of Amazon deforestation, the following chart from this article makes it clear that it was the main driver of it from 2000 to 2005: 

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However, the linked article indicates that this has changed since 2009, when "major cattle buyers and the Brazilian government — pushed by environmental campaigners — have cracked down on deforestation for cattle production". This table confirms that: you'll see that after 2009, when the cattle ranchers stopped deforesting so much of the Amazon, the rate of deforestation dropped sharply (it's been under 10,000 square kilometers every year since 2009; before then, it was often close to 20,000 square kilometres per year)

It's worrying that deforestation has started to rise again; however, the article in the original post indicates that the rise over the past year was due to illegal logging, rather than agriculture (of any kind).


RE: Amazon deforestation worst in 10 years - Dust Bowl - 11-24-2018

Honestly, I'm not even surprised anymore.

But the thing that annoys me more than absolutely anything else is that, for all its dying and decaying state, we still have that beautiful forest to watch, enjoy and study... future generations might not, and it is mind-blowing to me how that's even possible.


RE: Amazon deforestation worst in 10 years - Crooked Crow - 11-24-2018

These guys know we rely on trees for oxygen and carbon dioxide filtration, yeah?..


RE: Amazon deforestation worst in 10 years - GrieferLord - 11-25-2018

Brazil has a lot of issues to sort and trying to protect the rainforest doesnt seem to be of very high priority to it's government. Now if these companies were planting two trees for every tree felled it would not be so bad. but thats not the case.


RE: Amazon deforestation worst in 10 years - 5819 - 11-26-2018

(11-24-2018, 07:45 PM)Crooked Crow Wrote: These guys know we rely on trees for oxygen and carbon dioxide filtration, yeah?..

Actually, plankton produce more than half the oxygen in the world. Trees pale in comparison.


RE: Amazon deforestation worst in 10 years - Kyng - 11-30-2018

Then again, I don't think the plankton could do it alone. 'Half' isn't really enough when everything's in a delicate balance!

And, even if we didn't care about the long-term health of the planet, a study reveals that the Amazon is worth some $8.2 billion per year if it's left standing. In many parts of the forest, this far outweighs the short-term profits that would be earned from chopping it all down: 

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/bje7wd/the-amazon-is-worth-more-money-left-standing-study-shows


RE: [OLD NEWS] Amazon deforestation worst in 10 years - Kyng - 04-26-2019

An update here - forest lost dropped a bit in 2018:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48037913

However, this was largely because some of the forest fires in 2016 and 2017 weren't repeated last year. Furthermore, much of the forest that was lost in 2018 was primary forest: that is, forest previously untouched by human civilization :( .


RE: [OLD NEWS] Amazon deforestation worst in 10 years - Johnnylee - 05-20-2019

If you think about it when the pyramids in the Amazon were built the trees were not there and the atmosphere was ok or how else did the world survive,makes you think.