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"Our" lungs are burning

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Vee, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Vee

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    I'm not the most sensitive person and there aren't many things that affect me enough to bring tears to my eyes, but today I cried.
    I cried for the Amazon forest and the amount of life, plant & animal, that is being lost in the fires that have been burning for weeks. The lungs of planet earth are burning and yet, very little has been published about that in the press.
    A few months ago everyone made a huge fuss about the Notre Dame Cathedral, which regardless of it's historical importance, is still just a building. The biggest forest in the world is disappearing and we almost don't hear about it.

    'Record number of fires' in Brazilian rainforest
     
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  2. Stanyon

    Stanyon WWMRD?

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    It will turn out for the best, though the destruction by nature at first seems the work of a cruel magician it makes way for new beginnings and new life that will flourish and replenish continuing the eternal cycle of life and death.
     
  3. Revoltingest

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    That's one possibility.
    The other is that they'll cover the Amazon in palm plantations & asphalt.
     
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  4. Landon Caeli

    Landon Caeli What's your stoyle?

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    In Mexico, they don't even try to put out forest fires. They let them burn. Probably the same in Brazil.

    A lack of leadership.
     
  5. Landon Caeli

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    Most likely, they'll just do nothing at all.
     
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    Brazilians are rapidly expanding into the Amazon.
     
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    Landon Caeli What's your stoyle?

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    I didn't know that. Much of that land should be protected.
     
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    Native Americans used to intentionally set fire to forests, it helped get rid of underbrush and deadwood making hunting easier and was better for the overall health of the areas they were in.
     
  9. Milton Platt

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    Putting my money on the latter.
     
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    You better be sarcastic when you say such things...
     
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    Forget about the asphalt. There is no money there nor in there.
     
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    Congratulations. You are now officially a master misrepresenter.
     
  13. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    So they're now blaming the farmers and Ranchers. Before that it was loggers.
     
  14. Milton Platt

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    Not quite the same as wholesale burning of tropical forests to make way for farming and cattle ranching.
     
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    :(
     
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    This 700-Year-Old Farming Technique Can Make Super Fertile ...
    This 700-Year-Old Farming Technique Can Make Super Fertile Soil
    Jun 23, 2016 · One of the oldest techniques, long documented in the Amazon rainforest, is what’s known as “black earths” or “terra preta.” For hundreds of years, rainforest farmers have figured out that you can enrich soil with biochar: charcoal, basically. Wet vegetation is burned, producing little bits of charcoal, which are ground into the soil.
     
  17. ChristineM

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    I have something to say about that, i have 30 hectares, i know, a piddling area but and its staying natural, even if burnt down is natural it will grow back.
     
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    It's far more likely that once large regions of the Amazon get cut down, they'll never regrow. The Amazon is a self-sustaining system as far as soil nutrients and precipitation goes, but it's also a holdover from millions of years ago when rainforests were more common on Earth. If the forest is cut down, runaway soil erosion will follow in the years after, which will then strip all nutrients away from the land and leave it much like the Serengeti, which is at the same latitude and under the same overall climate conditions.

    I don't know if the palm plantations would even last long enough. Soil erosion will deplete too much of the nutrients from the ground.

    Small amounts of wet vegetation. Not large swaths of entire forest. The Amazon can recover from the former, not the latter.
     
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    In the Amazon or elsewhere?
     
  20. Saint Frankenstein

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    We haven't heard much about it because there's no money to be made like with Norte Dame. It's disgusting.
     
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