As thick plumes of smoke blanketed Brazil's most populous city, global attention turned to the Amazon rainforest. But one month on, the fires are still burning.
It sparked outrage because fire is not a natural part of the Amazon’s ecosystem. Carlos Nobre, a world leader in the study of the Amazon’s degradation based at the University of Sao Paulo, said the cause was poor farming practices. “Tropical agriculture never ceases to light fires,” he said.
Anti-Warmists spread the news that Amazon fires were, in fact, a normal phenomenon and we have seen that argument put forward on Sky News. Normal as opposed to man-made events is supposed to suggest that there is nothing to see here these are simply agricultural burn-offs and worse has been seen in the past; therefore, it's normal. It's not a consequence of deforestation or climate change despite the fact the planet hasn't been cooling as these anti-global warmists tried to preach since 1998. The backed off that argument and turned to claim Science was just the same as any other religious faith. The fact is what we are seeing is the snowball effect deforestation exacerbates global warming, which increases the risk of fires which exacerbate and accelerate the rate of warming global warming. (ODT)It’s a vicious circle as fire after fire, as well as other farming activities, damage surrounding forests making them more prone to future fires.
The cycle has alarmed some scientists who fear the rainforest is being pushed closer toward a tipping point they call the “dieback scenario”, where the forests enter an irreversible cycle of collapse.
But he said this year was “exceptional in recent memory” because of the proportion of the ongoing fires were being used for deforestation, rather than merely for the maintenance of previously deforested areas.
July and August this year had the highest rates of clearing of any month in the past five years, according to Brazil’s space agency. July 2019 saw more than twice the previous record of clearing of any month since 2015, with more than 2,200 square kilometres of forest gone.
It’s that deforestation that has many worried.