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Wilful destruction - a gallery of shame

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

BRAZIL - DIRECTOR OF THE AGENCY FOR SPACE RESEARCH (INPE) FIRED

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:  
   
https://nos.nl/artikel/2296136-ontslag-voor-braziliaanse-topambtenaar-die-ontbossing-amazone-aantoonde.html

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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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.
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( This post was last modified: 08-23-2019, 08:53 PM by Rishi )

DESTRUCTION OF THE AMAZON FOREST

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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Scientists warn that losing another fifth of Brazil’s Amazon will trigger the feedback loop known as dieback, in which the forest begins to dry out and burn in a cascading system collapse, beyond the reach of any subsequent human intervention or regret. 

https://theintercept.com/2019/07/06/braz...-ranching/

Seems like the work conservationists have done for decades is being undone in the blink of an eye. For my whole lifetime saving the Amazon has been a big environmental issue and somehow it's gotten worse. Disheartening to say the least.
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(08-23-2019, 06:32 PM)Sully Wrote: Scientists warn that losing another fifth of Brazil’s Amazon will trigger the feedback loop known as dieback, in which the forest begins to dry out and burn in a cascading system collapse, beyond the reach of any subsequent human intervention or regret. 

https://theintercept.com/2019/07/06/braz...-ranching/

Seems like the work conservationists have done for decades is being undone in the blink of an eye. For my whole lifetime saving the Amazon has been a big environmental issue and somehow it's gotten worse. Disheartening to say the least.

These current forest fires are unbelievable. And looks like, that international community is unable to do anything concrete. Hopefully I am wrong in that thought, but time will tell.
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International community is joke.. They measurably fail in most of the things, never in consensus, everyone is for their benefits. To me, human development is directly associated to extinction of human
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Study declares ancient Chinese paddlefish extinct 
  • The Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius) was last recorded by researchers in 2003. Subsequent local surveys failed to spot any individual.
  • A new study based on a comprehensive large-scale survey in 2017 and 2018 and statistical analysis of previous records suggest that the species most likely went functionally extinct by 1993 and completely extinct by 2010.
  • There’s always the possibility that individuals of a species declared extinct still survive somewhere, but in the case of the Chinese paddlefish that’s highly unlikely, researchers say.
  • The factors that contributed to the paddlefish’s extinction, including the construction of a dam that split its population, also threaten other species unique to the Yangtze River basin.
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