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Wilful destruction - a gallery of shame

Netherlands peter Offline
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( This post was last modified: 08-06-2019, 03:15 AM by peter )


The Amazon forest is the largest pristine forest in the world. Most of it is in Brazil.

Brazil has a large, rapidly increasing, population and a few socio-economic problems it wants to solve. Voters offered Bolsonaro a chance to get the job done.

Apart from fighting corruption and crime, Bolsonaro wants to develop Brazil. This means he prefers agriculture and mining over forestry.

His implicit message was understood by those with a similar interest.

According to the (independent) Brazilian Agency for Space Research (INPE), forest destruction increased by 88% in June of this year.

Not true, Bolsonaro said.

INPE said the info was based on solid (scientific) research and sound conclusions.  

Not scientific and not solid, Bolsonaro replied.

A few days ago, Director R. Galvao of INPE was fired by the Secretary of Science (...) Pontes.

The article on the site of the Dutch National Broadcasting Company (NOS) is in Dutch, meaning you need to use the translator:

One of our members interested in wild animals recently said he's interested in travel-related proposals.

How about a trip to the Amazon forest, PC? In a few decades from now, it will be largely gone. You could start at Manaus. 

Sumatra is interesting as well. There's still a bit of forest left. In a few decades, it will be gone.
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United States Pckts Offline
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Not just the amazon, Paulo thinks in 10 years time you could see the destruction of the Panatanal as well. 
Unfortunately you cant feed cattle on wetlands so they want to fill it all in with soil so they can raise cattle and soy. 
And if this new Brazilian gov't gets it's way, that will happen.

That's why it's so important for people to travel to these places and contribute to their economy, unfortunately the all mighty dollar is the only thing a lot of these politicians and farmers understand.
"Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is."
-Oscar Wilde
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Netherlands peter Offline
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The Amazon forest is losing a patch of forest the size of a football pitch just about every 15 seconds. Over the years, the destruction has been steady. After Bolsonaro promised to open up the forest, the destruction has increased in speed. It resulted in clashes between locals (Indians) and those who profit from destruction.

This shortish documentary from the Dutch National Broadcasting Company (NOS) is in Dutch. You can click on the white icon on the bottom of the screen for subtitles. They're also in Dutch, but they'll enable you to use the translator.

The documentary, intended for those who want to know a bit more about what's going on in Brazil, has a lot of quantitative information. Most of it is up to date:
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