Horrible Events Unfolding In The Amazon Rainforest

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Soya is, amongst other things, used as animal feed. China consumes a lot of soya, a lot of which came from the USA. However, the US/China trade war has disrupted this arrangement so I guess China's looking elsewhere for suppliers.
Ultimately, the Chinese will end up buying farms in Africa and growing it there.
 

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I don't know if that's a conspiracy theory, it's pretty much fact. Saw it on Channel 4 New last night: the big landowners are largely criminals whose fires are 70-80% on illegal land, and yes, they have started them. The President has got rid of the fines that would have been an incentive not to start them in the first place. Beef farming is a huge industry for Brazil, and they meant to expand at the expense of the environment. If you really must eat beef, check the label and don't buy South American.
 

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You'd get a similar trajectory of population growth for virtually every country on the planet over the same time period.

And Fray Bentos is in Uruguay, although the UK brand is owned by Baxters who manufacture Fray Bentos products in Scotland.

in 2011, it was reported that sales had been flat at around £30 million per year for the previous ten years.
 

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NASA: Area burned by global wildfires dropped by 25% since 2003

Climate activists often warn that global warming is stoking forest fires, but it turns out the amount of land burned by wildfires worldwide has plummeted by 25% since 2003, according to NASA.


NASA’s Earth Observatory found that the number of total square kilometers burned globally each year has decreased steadily from 2003-19, based on data collected by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers (MODIS) on satellites.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/aug/29/nasa-area-burned-by-global-wildfires-dropped-by-25/

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NASA: Area burned by global wildfires dropped by 25% since 2003

Climate activists often warn that global warming is stoking forest fires, but it turns out the amount of land burned by wildfires worldwide has plummeted by 25% since 2003, according to NASA.


NASA’s Earth Observatory found that the number of total square kilometers burned globally each year has decreased steadily from 2003-19, based on data collected by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers (MODIS) on satellites.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/aug/29/nasa-area-burned-by-global-wildfires-dropped-by-25/

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What?.. we've been lied to? .. they'll be saying next that the real reason plastic bags are being demonised is because we've been at war with prolific oil producing countries who are withholding oil and oil is needed to make plastic bags.
 
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Ancient rock art is damaged by fires.

Fires raging across Bolivia’s forests and grasslands have razed 4.2 million acres since May.

The blazes—largely believed to be started by farmers intentionally clearing land for agricultural use—pose a threat to some 500 animal species, including jaguars, tapirs and parrots. As Agence-France Presse reports, the consequences of this unusually serious fire season aren’t limited to living creatures: Archaeologists say the infernos are also destroying Bolivia’s famed rock art.

“We believe that the damage is big and wide in terms of our heritage of rock art,” Danilo Drakic, chief archaeologist of the eastern Santa Cruz region, tells AFP.

The eastern town of Robore, which is home to sites of engravings dating to as early as 1,500 B.C., has sustained significant damage in recent months. Based on an initial assessment, Drakic says a “dark layer of soot” has blanketed all of the images, while heat from the fires has “caused stones to break, even to collapse.” Archaeologists will only be able to gauge the full extent of the devastation once the blazes have been extinguished.

Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smar...ivias-rock-art-180973048/#dk3jFi0HX3GUZD8g.99
 

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NASA: Area burned by global wildfires dropped by 25% since 2003

Climate activists often warn that global warming is stoking forest fires, but it turns out the amount of land burned by wildfires worldwide has plummeted by 25% since 2003, according to NASA.


NASA’s Earth Observatory found that the number of total square kilometers burned globally each year has decreased steadily from 2003-19, based on data collected by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometers (MODIS) on satellites.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/aug/29/nasa-area-burned-by-global-wildfires-dropped-by-25/

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Except that wildfires are not manmade fires. It's intentional burning that's the case here.
 

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Leo did it!

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has accused Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio of "giving money to set the Amazon on fire".

The president gave no evidence but in the past has accused NGOs critical of his policies of starting fires that ravaged the rainforest this year.

Several arrests have been made amid controversial and unproven allegations fires were started to obtain funding.

DiCaprio, who has pledged $5m for the Amazon, denied Mr Bolsonaro's claim.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50613054
 

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Leo did it!

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has accused Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio of "giving money to set the Amazon on fire".

The president gave no evidence but in the past has accused NGOs critical of his policies of starting fires that ravaged the rainforest this year.

Several arrests have been made amid controversial and unproven allegations fires were started to obtain funding.

DiCaprio, who has pledged $5m for the Amazon, denied Mr Bolsonaro's claim.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50613054
Sounds like a rather hamfisted attempt at "Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty" (attributed to Goebbels but possibly not actually said by him).
 

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Yeah, I can seriously imagine Leonardo Di Caprio paying people to set the Amazon Rainforest alight. What a load of baloney. Bolsonaro obviously did it himself.
 

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The political parties have posted at least half a rain forest through our door in the last few weeks
that has gone straight into the landfill via our bin.
Not that I expect that to worry them as long as they think it may get them a extra vote or two.
 

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The political parties have posted at least half a rain forest through our door in the last few weeks
that has gone straight into the landfill via our bin.
Not that I expect that to worry them as long as they think it may get them a extra vote or two.
Do you not have ANY recycling for papaer and cardboard?
 

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Paper is one of those things that it is not a good idea to recycle. Besides, it's more likely to be from Finland than Brazil.
 

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Too much energy and material use, as well as environmental problems, in doing so.
 

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But if we just burn the paper, we create more CO2. Or, if we put it into landfill, it'll rot down and create CO2 and methane.
Sort of depends on where you energy comes from but unless it's totally renewable then all energy use takes some sort of toll on the environment one way or another.

That may be worse than burning it or composting.

Similar issues apparently around why we don't have a deposit on glass bottles anymore, the energy input to recycle them is huge.
 

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Sort of depends on where you energy comes from but unless it's totally renewable then all energy use takes some sort of toll on the environment one way or another.

That may be worse than burning it or composting.

Similar issues apparently around why we don't have a deposit on glass bottles anymore, the energy input to recycle them is huge.
Except that the old way just involved washing the bottles, then re-using them.
Now, we break them and melt them down as glass cullet.
 
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