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Who Will Save the Amazon (and How)?
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It's only a matter of time until major powers try to stop climate change by any means necessary.
By Stephen M. Walt | August 5, 2019, 5:31 PM

Aug. 5, 2025: In a televised address to the nation, U.S. President Gavin Newsom announced that he had given Brazil a one-week ultimatum to cease destructive deforestation activities in the Amazon rainforest. If Brazil did not comply, the president warned, he would order a naval blockade of Brazilian ports and airstrikes against critical Brazilian infrastructure. The president’s decision came in the aftermath of a new United Nations report cataloging the catastrophic global effects of continued rainforest destruction, which warned of a critical “tipping point” that, if reached, would trigger a rapid acceleration of global warming. Although China has stated that it would veto any U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing the use of force against Brazil, the president said that a large “coalition of concerned states” was prepared to support U.S. action. At the same time, Newsom said the United States and other countries were willing to negotiate a compensation package to mitigate the costs to Brazil for protecting the rainforest, but only if it first ceased its current efforts to accelerate development.

The above scenario is obviously far-fetched—at least I think it is—but how far would you go to prevent irreversible environmental damage? In particular, do states have the right—or even the obligation—to intervene in a foreign country in order to prevent it from causing irreversible and possibly catastrophic harm to the environment?


Brazil's Bolsonaro—Outspoken Proponent of Deforestation—Denounced as 'Sick' and 'Pathetic' for Blaming Amazon Forest Fires on NGOs

"We will not watch our future burn away," said climate campaigners

The Amazon rain forest—the lungs of the world—have been on fire for several weeks, and Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without evidence, that the fires were started by non-governmental organizations.

"Maybe—I am not affirming it—these [NGO people] are carrying out some criminal actions to draw attention against me, against the government of Brazil," Bolsonaro said in a video posted on his Facebook account, The Associated Press reported. "This is the war we are facing.”

"The fires were lit in strategic places," said Bolsonaro. "All the indications suggest they went there to film and start fires. That's what I feel."

Greenpeace Brazil shot back, with its public policy coordinator Marcio Astrini calling the president's statement "sick" and "pitiful."

"Increased deforestation and burning," said Astrini, "are the result of his anti-environmental policy."

In a video that's gone viral, a Pataxó woman expressed anguish as she pointed to the destruction the fires have brought, which she blamed on deforestation for cattle ranching—a practice Bolsonaro has actively encouraged. The video was shared by the U.S. based Sunrise Movement, which said in a tweet: "We cannot tolerate political agendas of deforestation. We will not watch our future burn away."

    People are deliberately starting fires in the #AmazonRainforest to illegally deforest indigenous land for cattle ranching

    Pataxó woman:
    “These assholes came in and burned down [our reservation]... I want all of the media here to see this” pic.twitter.com/uGFp7RItHK

   The Amazon rainforest, the "planet's lungs," supplies 20% of the world's oxygen.

    Currently, it's burning at a record rate-- 80% higher than the same time last year.

    We cannot tolerate political agendas of deforestation.

    We will not watch our future burn away. #AmazonFires https://t.co/DRJqXuDXVz

   While the country has been experiencing "epochal deforestation" driven by agriculture—and with it, trampling of indigenous rights—the deforestation has gone into overdrive since Bolsonaro's election. The development prompted Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg earlier this summer to say, "We are literally sawing off the branch we all live on."

The extent of the deforestation was recently laid out by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Data released by the agency showed that deforestation in June was 88 percent higher than it was in June of last year. Bolsonaro responded by calling the data a "lie" and firing the agency's head.

INPE also said Tuesday that the country had already seen over 72,000 fires this year, which marks an unprecedented high. Roughly half the fires, the agency said, have been in the Amazon .

"The fire that we're seeing today is a fire that's directly related to deforestation," Ane Alencar, scientific director of Institute of Environmental Research in Amazonia, said Tuesday.

Despite the raging fires—which can be seen from space—the administration appears to be doubling down on climate destruction, prompting the vocal ire of environmental campaigners.

Brazil's environmental minister was in Salvador in the state of Bahia on Wednesday for the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week and was greeted by loud boos.

As he took the stage, activists held signs reading "Amazonia in flames" and "Against environmental deforestation."

The activists, said 350.org, stood up "for what is right," and urged "him to take action to keep fossil fuels in the ground."

    As fires rage in the Amazon, Brazil Environment Minister attends #ClimateWeekLACC in Salvador to pretend there's a future in fossil fuels. Activists were there to call his bluff. #ZeroFosseis #FossilFree pic.twitter.com/F4BXib2oF8

    Right now: Activists from @350brasil stand up for what is right, by refusing to stand up for the entrance of the country's Environment Minister. Instead, they're calling on him to take action to keep fossil fuels in the ground. #fossilfree #zerofosseis pic.twitter.com/svHyThGgAB

The Globe is burning up !!

Taxcuts for the rich and deregulation is something only satan could come up with..in times like these..

Photos: major wildfires have ignited across Europe, Asia, and Latin America

The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest tropical forest. It’s home to 30 million people and hosts the largest concentration of biodiversity on the planet. It’s quenched by the largest river in the world. It makes 20 percent of the oxygen on Earth. It holds upward of 140 billion metric tons of carbon. And right now, it’s burning.

Across its 550 million hectares (one hectare is about the size of two soccer fields), more than 74,000 fires have started in the Amazon this year to date, an 84 percent surge from the year before, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Fires are a natural part of many ecosystems, but not in the Amazon, where they are an almost entirely human-caused phenomenon. Farmers use slash-and-burn tactics to clear forest areas for crops. Illegal loggers and miners set fires to cover their tracks. In several instances, they have ignited blazes to drive indigenous people off their land.

The fires in the Amazon have now been burning for more than two weeks. Their smoke has spread across Brazil and shrouded the country’s biggest cities. Locals posted photos of flames, soot-darkened skies, and blackened water on social media:
Amazon Rainforest has been burning for three weeks. This is not a natural process. The lungs of the Earth are being engulfed by smoke all the while releasing MORE CO2 into the atmosphere. This forest has been a church for millions of years longer than some church in Paris and the death toll of this fire is already incalculable. Let’s stop feeding in to our anthropocentric values and start advocating for the types of things that benefit the planet we live on. Where’s the media coverage? We are running out of time.
The Amazon rainforest is not the only place on fire right now.



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The Amazon Inferno

...We stopped in Caninde, a rural town celebrating St Francis, the ecology saint of the Catholic Church. Once in the St. Francis Cathedral, my eyes were immediately glued to banners.

The message in these colorful cloth banners was not what one would see in a church in North America. Here the burning issue was not hell or paradise or the ten commandments but liberation—the liberation of peasants from oppression. One banner said that the organization of the workers was terribly important for their emancipation; and another proclaimed that the concentration of wealth was the root of evil.

Clearly, the priest, a bespectacled, dark-skinned heavy-set man of medium height, was preaching a theology of liberation, trying to defend the poor by raising their consciousness. That understanding made the liturgy, in Portuguese, exceedingly important.

For a change, I said to myself, this part of our guided tour was appropriate to the spirit of sustainable development, the struggle of a few people of goodwill to help the rest understand that the Earth needs healing, not more ecocidal development. The theology of liberation had a soothing effect on my soul...

Forget the Amazon hype, fires globally have declined 25% since 2003 thanks to economic growth
Michael Shellenberger
Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:56 UTC

H/T  https://www.sott.net/article/419644-Forg...mic-growth

Quote:In reality, there was a whopping 25 percent decrease in the area burned from 2003 to 2019, according to NASA.

Between 2003 and 2015, the area burned in Africa declined by an area the size of Texas (700,000 square kilometers or 270,000 square miles.

And against the picture painted by celebrities and the mainstream media that fires around the world are caused by economic growth, the truth is the opposite: the amount of land being burned is declining thanks to development, including urbanization.

Mainstream journalists botched this story. They should have known about the decline in burning since scientists published a major study in Science in 2015.

NASA promoted the Science article and wrote an update confirming a continuation of the decline in fires on August 20, 2019.

And yet mainstream journalists have continued to push the apocalyptic framing in their coverage of fires in Amazon and Africa and attempted to link them to climate change.

As for the myth that the Amazon is the "lungs of the Earth" providing "20% of the world's oxygen," it appears to have been invented by a Malthusian Cornell University scientist in 1966, according to the George Mason University environmental philosopher, Mark Sagoff.

"In the 1960s, when 'lungs of the earth' was the big reason to save the rain forest," Sagoff told me yesterday, "I got interested in it as a scientific question. I found no evidence that any tropical rainforest contributes to the net oxygen budget of the world."
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Hi Horse..the "its plantfood" author is a nuclear climate disaster "hyjacker"..heavely pro nuclear (industry thus capitalist thus shilling for someone) oh so clean and harmless..and "reborn" ex antinuclear hippie ofcourse for emotional trustworthyness..

He also parrots the same background vs manmade false arguments Code has so wel vivisected..


I dont have sound on my pc, so i rely on the undertitling..unless he says the opposite of whats been shown..he is a snake oil seller.."nuclear waste is the only industrial waste that got stored safely" etc..

He might have a strong point about the waste of solarpanels and battery's..but Jebus posted a link how we can store surplus energy Really clean..

Why I changed my mind about nuclear power | Michael Shellenberger

DUDe, don't worry, I'm a tree hugger.  I know what to expect coming out of Forbes.  I thought it was interesting that the total volume of burning had been decreasing in recent years according to satellite data.  I had also read that the Amazon burn was third in size behind Africa and Siberia.  Wasn't there also some political motives behind burning more Amazon this year to clear for farming?  There's normal agricultural burning in many countries this time of year.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Horse , i can't help it..but in this capitalist world..the claim that global wildfires are decreasing reads to me like

"Cancer as cause of death decreasing since the start of the nuclear bombtest"

"Trumps charismatic , truth resonating speeches have a soothing , decreasing effect on racial violence and inequality in the US and around the globe , satelite images here.."

And the socalled reforestation..i can imaging new green surface on satelite view..but i can not believe it reaching the same biomass/carbon sink quality in such a short amount of time compared to the "Elder" forest's with their majestic tree's..let alone biodiversity/complexity..of the giant "filters" they are..

I wish i could find the article back where they mentioned part of the rainforest's cutting's is used to burn/biofuell for electricity..amongst the guilty ones was Germany..

July 9, 2019

A Drier Future Sets the Stage for More Wildfires

"...Climate Change: Not Just Wet

Earth’s warming climate is forecasted to make global precipitation patterns more extreme: Wet areas will become wetter, and dry areas will become drier. Areas such as the American Southwest could see both reduced rainfall and increased soil moisture evaporation due to more intense heat, and in some cases, the resulting droughts could be more intense than any drought of the past millennium.

Ben Cook of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City researches “megadroughts” — droughts lasting more than three decades. Megadroughts have occurred in the past, like the decades-long North American droughts between 1100 and 1300, and the team used tree ring records to compare these droughts with future projections. He and his team examined soil moisture data sets and drought severity indices from 17 different future climate models, and they all predicted that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase at their present rate, the risk of a megadrought in the American Southwest could hit 80 percent by the end of the century. Additionally, these droughts will likely be even more severe than those seen in the last millennium.

Such severe droughts will affect the amount and dryness of fuel such as trees and grass, Cook said..."


How Larry Fink, Joe Biden’s Wall Street Ally, Profits From Amazon Cattle Ranching, a Force Behind Deforestation

Robert Mackey
August 30 2019, 5:23 p.m.

”That desire to be seen as an ethical investor has not, however, stopped BlackRock from contributing to the climate crisis by providing significant financing to the world’s biggest meatpacker, JBS, which has been caught year after year buying cattle raised on illegally deforested Amazon land.

At least some of the thousands of fires burning huge swathes of the rainforest in Brazil, eroding a crucial safeguard against climate change, appear to have been started by cattle farmers. Cattle ranching is “the largest driver of deforestation in every Amazon country, accounting for 80 percent of current deforestation rates,” according to researchers at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

As Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post reported this week, cattle ranchers in Brazil “have been pushing their herds into the Amazon, clear-cutting and burning the forest as they go” to meet the surging demand for beef exported by Brazilian agribusiness firms to mainly China, Iran, Egypt, Russia, and the United States.
Trucks drive alongside scorched fields on the BR 163 highway in the Nova Santa Helena municipality, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Under increasing international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the massive blazes. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
About a third of that beef is exported by JBS, the spectacularly corrupt Brazilian meat-packing conglomerate BlackRock is heavily invested in.



A Top Financier of Trump and McConnell Is a Driving Force Behind Amazon Deforestation

Two Brazilian firms owned by a top donor to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are significantly responsible for the ongoing destruction of the Amazon rainforest, carnage that has developed into raging fires that have captivated global attention.

The companies have wrested control of land, deforested it, and helped build a controversial highway to their new terminal in the one-time jungle, all to facilitate the cultivation and export of grain and soybeans. The shipping terminal at Miritituba, deep in the Amazon in the Brazilian state of Pará, allows growers to load soybeans on barges, which will then sail to a larger port before the cargo is shipped around the world.

The Amazon terminal is run by Hidrovias do Brasil, a company that is owned in large part by Blackstone, a major U.S. investment firm. Another Blackstone company, Pátria Investimentos, owns more than 50 percent of Hidrovias, while Blackstone itself directly owns an additional roughly 10 percent stake. Blackstone co-founder and CEO Stephen Schwarzman is a close ally of Trump and has donated millions of dollars to McConnell in recent years.

It’s Not Just the Amazon: We Must Also Protect Congo Basin Peatlands From Fire

...As the story about the Amazon fires unfolds, attention has also turned to fires raging in Europe and Africa, including in the Congo Basin, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, covering an area about the size of Mexico.

The basin contains the largest undisturbed tract of tropical rainforests and peatlands in the world. Fire and infrastructure changes could pose a serious threat to this ecosystem and stymie efforts to achieve global emissions targets aimed at limiting global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Known as the Cuvette Centrale, the Congo peatland, which is estimated to hold about 30 gigatons of carbon — equivalent to 15 to 20 years of U.S. emissions — was mapped not so long ago by an international team of scientists, and its characteristics were detailed in a report. Now, collaborations are being formed in an effort to ensure its protection as a carbon sink...

...The peatlands facility at CIFOR was partly inspired by enormous fires in Indonesia in 2015, which burned uncontrollably for long periods due to dry conditions. The related peat fires and haze in Indonesia had severe consequences: The fires killed as many as 100,000 people, led to half-a-million hospitalizations and caused billions of dollars in damage.

After the 2015 fires, Indonesia also subsequently launched a new interactive Peatland Restoration Information and Monitoring System designed to support transparency and complex restoration initiatives to complement the country’s moratorium on palm oil plantations. In 2011, the Indonesian government announced a moratorium on the conversion of primary forest and peatlands more than three meters deep. In 2016, the moratorium was extended to cover all peatlands.

The value of peatland ecosystems must not be underestimated. They are rich in carbon because they are made up of layers of decomposed organic material built up over thousands of years. Vulnerability to fire — which can burn for years in peat — and other threats increase as peatlands are drained for agricultural or other purposes. Resulting land degradation leads to greater susceptibility to land subsidence, flooding and erosion.

Worldwide, peatlands face threats from agricultural, forestry and development activities, which often leads to drainage and burning believed to cause up to 5 percent of annual carbon dioxide emissions. They make up only 3 percent of the world’s landmass, but contain as much carbon as all terrestrial biomass and twice as much as all forest biomass.

Although fires can ignite naturally in the dry season, some are set intentionally by farmers to clear their land and improve crop yields. Some of these fires can also burn out of control.

Fires and droughts have the potential to become obstacles for achieving nature-based solutions to the climate crisis. Fire can wipe out years of forest management efforts in a short time. Peatlands in the Congo Basin and elsewhere must be kept wet or re-wet to offset the potential for fire and as part of landscape restoration efforts..

(09-06-2019, 07:28 AM)DUDe Wrote: Horse , i can't help it..but in this capitalist world..the claim that global wildfires are decreasing reads to me like

"Cancer as cause of death decreasing since the start of the nuclear bombtest"

"Trumps charismatic , truth resonating speeches have a soothing , decreasing effect on racial violence and inequality in the US and around the globe , satelite images here.."

And the socalled reforestation..i can imaging new green surface on satelite view..but i can not believe it reaching the same biomass/carbon sink quality in such a short amount of time compared to the "Elder" forest's with their majestic tree's..let alone biodiversity/complexity..of the giant "filters" they are..

I wish i could find the article back where they mentioned part of the rainforest's cutting's is used to burn/biofuell for electricity..amongst the guilty ones was Germany..

DUDe, I appreciate your skepticism as media gives us their constant stream of Capitalist controlled tidbits of info.  Nobody made any noise when the North American forests were cleared for immigrant farmers and ranchers.  The Amazon was peopled and cultivated until the European immigrants wiped out a vast culture with disease.  Clearing the Amazon forest has revealed signs of the lost civilization.  Current population pressures are changing the landscape again in the Amazon.  That expansion has been going on for all the years I can remember but I was surprised at the extent this year.  Amazon wildfires have increased by 83 percent this year on last.  

Amazon is on fire, but are we DOOMED? What's behind the climate catastrophe headlines
Graham Dockery
Fri, 06 Sep 2019 16:34 UTC
Quote:According to the space agency, the area scorched every year by wildfires has dropped 24 percent since 2003. While land is still being deforested, it is now being more commonly done with machines, not fire, NASA researchers said. Indeed, "the changes in savanna, grassland, and tropical forest fire patterns are so large that they have so far offset some of the increased risk of fire caused by global warming," NASA scientist Doug Morton said.

Climate change makes wildfires more likely to start, Morton continued, but "human activity has effectively counterbalanced that climate risk." NASA's researchers also rubbished claims that wildfires contribute to a global increase in carbon emissions.

Even those dismayed at the loss of our planet's forest for aesthetic reasons are needlessly worrying. A University of Maryland/NASA study last year discovered that forest growth over the last 35 years has more than offset losses through deforestation. Humans are given a bad rap for slashing and burning the world's forests, but thanks to human-led replanting efforts, forest cover worldwide has increased by an area the size of Texas and Alaska combined.
H/T SOTT.net  https://www.sott.net/article/419900-Amaz...-headlines

Land is more commonly deforested by machine rather than fire so wildfire maps don’t reflect how much forest is really being lost.  As to the re-forestation efforts, there’s Africa’s Green Belt movement.  

Africa’s green belt gets greenbacks to halt spreading Sahara
Published on 03/12/2015, 4:36pm

Kenya – The Green Belt Movement
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."

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