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Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:09 PM

They are cutting the lungs out of our planet! It will kill US.

Satellite data shows Amazon deforestation rising under Brazil's Bolsonaro

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-environment-deforestation-idUSKCN1T52OQ



BRASILIA (Reuters) - Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil sped up in May to the fastest rate in a decade, according to data from an early-warning satellite system, as experts pointed to activity by illegal loggers encouraged by the easing of environmental protections under President Jair Bolsonaro.

According to the Brazilian space research institute INPE, the DETER alerting system registered deforestation of 739 square kilometers (285 square miles) in May, the first of three months in which logging tends to surge following the region’s rainy season.

That is up from 550 square kilometers in May 2018 and more than double the deforestation detected two years earlier.

“If this upward curve continues, we could have a bad year for the Amazon forest,” Claudio Almeida, head of INPE’s satellite monitoring program, said on Tuesday. “It will depend on how much policing there is in the next two critical months,” he added.

The data adds to concerns from environmentalists who warn that Bolsonaro’s five-month-old government has dismantled conservation agencies, shown skepticism about fighting climate change and cut the budget to enforce environmental laws.

Brazil’s environmental protection agency IBAMA, which has been starved of funds in recent years, lost authority when he took office in January, and the forestry commission was moved to the Agriculture Ministry, which is run by farm industry allies.


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Reply They are cutting the lungs out of our planet! It will kill US. (Original post)
CousinIT Jun 4 OP
lunasun Jun 4 #1
riverine Jun 4 #2
Initech Jun 5 #3
rusty quoin Jun 5 #9
Beringia Jun 5 #4
KY_EnviroGuy Jun 5 #5
Duppers Jun 5 #10
KY_EnviroGuy Jun 5 #12
roamer65 Jun 5 #6
CousinIT Jun 5 #13
SamuelTwain Jun 5 #7
Mr. Evil Jun 5 #8
Duppers Jun 5 #11
Mr. Evil Jun 5 #14

Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:29 PM

1. Who didn't expect this with Bolsonaro ?

The gov is also going after the uncontacted tribes
Fucking with living history + destroying all life form in the forest with logging
https://www.survivalinternational.org/articles/3601-Bolsonaro%20uncontacted%20genocide

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:33 PM

2. Sanctions for Brazil. Cut off their state owned oil company - Petrobras.

Of course the Orange Idiot won't do it.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 12:18 AM

3. Our entire planet is turning into a right wing hell hole.

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Response to Initech (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 01:18 AM

9. Yeah. They are killing us all.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 12:22 AM

4. Re your name CousinIT



I was just making a joke about Cousin Itt the other day and then I noticed your screen name today. Funny.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 12:40 AM

5. Meanwhile in our planet's atmosphere....

Latest data shows steep rises in CO2 for seventh year
Readings from Hawaii observatory bring threshold of 450ppm closer sooner than had been anticipated

Fiona Harvey, Environment correspondent
Tue 4 Jun 2019 16.58 BST / Last modified on Wed 5 Jun 2019 01.05 BST

Snip....
This is the seventh consecutive year in which steep increases in ppm have been recorded, well above the previous average, and the fifth year since the 400ppm threshold was breached in 2014. In 2016, the highest annual jump in the series so far was recorded, from 404.1 in 2015 to 407.66 in 2016.

As recently as the 1990s, the average annual growth rate was about 1.5ppm, but in the past decade that has accelerated to 2.2ppm, and is now even higher. This brings the threshold of 450ppm closer sooner than had been anticipated. Concentrations of the gas have increased every year, reflecting our burning of fossil fuels.

Apparently, the world's oligarchs won't be happy until our entire native biosphere is sold off and consumed for profit....

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 01:42 AM

10. WTF do they think they're going to breathe?

The planet's oxygen is not isolated to one region.


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Response to Duppers (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 02:48 AM

12. Short-sighted, selfish people not willing to pay to protect our future.

I believe they think they will always be able to escape to a place with low pollution, low crime and populated only with their favorite flavor of human - typically gated communities, remote islands and wooded retreats, yachts, perfect-air penthouses and exclusive resorts. Unfortunately for them, the clock is running out to the day those places will become scarce rather than plentiful and even that world will become extremely cutthroat. Life will not be pretty for us commoners at that point.

Hate to sound fatalistic, but I don't think we will have time to evolve beyond extreme greed and selfishness, rampant consumerism, wastefulness, or psychopathy. We are a messy, destructive species.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 12:50 AM

6. We should start to see reductions in atmospheric oxygen very soon.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 07:35 AM

13. Between deforestation and destruction of ocean phytoplankton by humans...

We're well and truly f*cked.

How much do oceans add to world’s oxygen?

https://earthsky.org/earth/how-much-do-oceans-add-to-worlds-oxygen

Scientists agree that there’s oxygen from ocean plants in every breath we take. Most of this oxygen comes from tiny ocean plants – called phytoplankton – that live near the water’s surface and drift with the currents. Like all plants, they photosynthesize – that is, they use sunlight and carbon dioxide to make food. A byproduct of photosynthesis is oxygen.

Scientists believe that phytoplankton contribute between 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere. They aren’t sure because it’s a tough thing to calculate. In the lab, scientists can determine how much oxygen is produced by a single phytoplankton cell. The hard part is figuring out the total number of these microscopic plants throughout Earth’s oceans. Phytoplankton wax and wane with the seasons. Phytoplankton blooms happen in spring when there’s more available light and nutrients.


Oceans Are Losing Oxygen, Just As They Did 94 Million Years Ago

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/08/10/oceans-losing-oxygen-94-million-years-ago/#9062b647235e

What Is Causing Oxygen Levels To Decrease?

A number of factors are likely influencing the decrease in oxygen levels in oceans. However, the key culprits are likely an increase in fertilizer use and a warming planet.

Humanity has drastically increased the amount of fertilizer we use to produce ever higher crop yields. However, when that fertilizer runs off into our waterways it eventually makes its way to the ocean. When that happens, microbial communities and algae all of a sudden receive a massive delivery of food. Bacteria and algae colonies exponentially increase to feed on the newly delivered food and when that happens they respire, same as humans. As in, they take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide, removing dissolved oxygen from the ocean.

The second culprit to declining oxygen levels is a warming planet. This one is fairly straight forward. Basic principals of chemistry and physics dictate that colder liquid can hold more dissolved gas than a warmer liquid. You can witness this by opening two Coke cans, then leaving one out on your counter and the other in the fridge. Come back the next day and I bet the one in the fridge has more dissolved carbon dioxide (carbonation).

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 12:52 AM

7. Ugh so terrible. :(

 

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 01:04 AM

8. Putin is playing this brilliantly.

And it's costing him virtually nothing.

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Response to Mr. Evil (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 01:46 AM

11. Brilliantly?

It will eventually cost Russians their lives too. Oxygen production and depletion is world-wide. These insane assholes are killing everyone.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 10:30 AM

14. That's part of the point.

When one person (usually a man) has, for all intents and purposes, nearly unlimited power they tend to disregard the long term effects of their actions so long as they're pleased with a constant stream of instant gratification. They tend to believe they're immune. He's instigating and manipulating world events at his pleasure and his (as he sees it) personal gain while barely lifting a finger and at minimal expense. Look how easy it is to manipulate people these days. It was an inevitability that someone would take advantage of it. Since he's KGB trained to ratfuck everything and everyone that can be ratfucked I'd say he's been quite successful so far. And there are plenty of unscrupulous people in this country that are corrupt enough and more than ready to help him.

One thing's for certain. They don't give a diddly damn about the climate as long as the money flows and the power increases. The question is, can we stop them?

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