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The Amazon Is on Fire and the Smoke Can Be Seen from Space

The Amazon Is on Hearth and the Smoke Can Be Seen from Area

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  1. You can see the smoke from many fires from space. But agricultural development needs to be ceased in the Amazon. Palm oil and cattle are destroying the Amazon. Brazil’s current admin are destroying the Amazon and killing off the natives.

  2. I’m no expert but I think if the fires were extinguished that that would be very cool.

  3. The billionaires are pulling the plug on our planet and doing everything they can to reap max profits before everything goes south so they can live in space or something.

  4. And Russia. Unprecedented fires are burning around the globe.

    [https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-08-09/in-russia-s-wildfires-climate-change-is-to-blame](https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-08-09/in-russia-s-wildfires-climate-change-is-to-blame)

  5. Of all the horrible news we get on a daily basis, this has me more depressed than anything else. I’m simultaneously angry, sad, frustrated, and gobsmacked at this. No, I’m not surprised based on Bolsonaro’s promises while running for office, but I can’t help but think we are killing all that’s good on this earth at an exponential pace.

  6. So, basically, deforestation creates a risk of *rain* forest fires where before there was essentially none.

    [That’s really not good](https://ewp.uoregon.edu/largefires/content).

  7. I’m in my twenties and really don’t think I’ll be able to live my life and die naturally at this rate.

  8. Guy this global warming thing might be an issue

  9. Isn’t the amazon responsible for like 20% of our world’s oxygen?

  10. Alaska is on fire. Has been all summer. You can see the smoke from space.

  11. Greed is killing us, and we are allowing it.

  12. Brazilian farmers set fire to it on the 10th to let their president know they need work

  13. Did the Amazonian rain forest always have a fire season?

    Or is this recent due to deforestation?

    Or is this because their new ass hat of a president opened the flood gates to deforestation and it’s open season on razing the rain forest?

    WTF is going on?!?

  14. I wish we had the Ink Spots still around. At least they didn’t want to set the world on fire.

  15. Cue the *This is Fine* meme.

  16. We’re literally burning up the planet. Yet deniers gonna deny.

  17. I felt so stupid since I haven’t thought about “the Amazon” in so long and thought some Amazon warehouse was on fire.

  18. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3avvm/the-amazon-is-on-fire-and-the-smoke-can-be-seen-from-space) reduced by 84%. (I’m a bot)
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    > Fire season in the Amazon is just beginning-it runs from August through October, with its peak coming in mid-September, and the smoke is already so bad that it can be seen from space.

    > Citing the Global Fire Emissions Database, NASA noted that though current fire levels are slightly below average compared to the last 15 years, they are higher in some states, such as Amazonas and Rondônia.

    > While the smoke from the fires threatens the health of those living nearby, more fires represent an added stressor for the Amazon rainforest as a whole.

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  19. From the sci-fi novel NATURE’S END By Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka, published in 1986 –

    *NORMAN MARTIN: The Great Amazonian Forest Fire*

    In July of the year 2019 I went with a young assistant, Tom Sinclair, into the Amazonian tropical forest to collect specimens for repository in the International Genetic Repository, which was then at Berne, Switzerland. At that time we observed extremely dry conditions in the forest around Ariquemes, and were concerned at the degree of slash and burn activity that was taking place there. The use of open fires in such conditions was not safe. Tom Sinclair attempted to explain this to the Brazilian authorities but was rebuffed. I have been fascinated by tropical forests since I was a very young man. I’ve spent the last forty years of my life working in them and for them. We have had no success in preserving the tropical forests, except in Indonesia where the last two governments have finally realized that their tropical forest resource must be maintained if the national economy is to survive. Unlike the other governments responsible for tropical forests, the Indonesians also have the power to control use of the forest resource. The other governments have been prevented, usually by the overwhelming numbers of people, from carrying out preservation programs even where they have been approved. There has, additionally, been a tradition of forest development, indirectly encouraged by the old World Bank, which was merged into the World Credit Finance System in 2003. The bank, by granting liberal loans for such projects as road building in the tropical forests, dramatically accelerated their decline. The tropical forest was the heart of the earth’s biosphere. Along with the oceans, it was the great source of atmospheric renewal, purification and weather stability. If we still had the tropical forest, we wouldn’t be in the fix we are in, with the atmosphere dying. Its destruction is one reason that there has been a recent decline in the development of new drugs. Many of our most potent drugs come from plants that grew in the tropical forest. God only knows what miracles we lost among the species that were never recorded at all. When I first began my work in 1982, the tropical forest covered about sixteen percent of the landmass of the earth. Now it has been reduced by four fifths. As I said before, only the Indonesian tropical forest is still somewhat intact. Ironically, the resolve of the Indonesian government can be traced to a fire. It took place in Borneo in the latter part of 1983 when thirteen thousand square miles of the tropical forest burned. It was the worst ecological catastrophe in a millennium, a forest fire that destroyed an area half the size of New England. As a measure of the strange hypnosis of that era, it was virtually ignored. In the United States only The New York Times with its superb coverage of environmental issues, reported in depth. Even so, nobody did anything about it. The Indonesian government of the period was afraid to let researchers into the area because of the effect the enormous loss of harvestable wood might have had on their ability to borrow money. In 1985 I was able to make an over-flight with a group of scientists from various world groups. I can only say that the experience was confusing. It was not a matter of a fifteen-minute over-flight. We were in the air for two hours. From horizon to horizon stretched the armies of dead trees, some of them naked, others crowned with withered leaves. A local forestry official said that the fire had sounded like a wailing animal, and that it had moved through the forest at incredible speeds, generating its own winds as it traveled. He described flames moving in sheets across the crown of trees, leaping kilometers in minutes. Monkeys and birds, overtaken, burst into flames and dropped screaming to the forest floor, which was burning as well. There was no way to control it. What eventually stopped it was rain, which didn’t come until weeks after it started. It was a warning to the world, that fire. At the time it frightened me, but what frightened me even more was the absolute lack of public outcry. If Connecticut and Massachusetts had burned, think of the news stories, the concern, and the effort that would have been made to prevent the disaster from ever happening again. The Borneo fire was caused by exactly the same thing that started the Amazonia fire of ‘19—excessive destruction of the forest by cutting, by logging, by the building of houses and settlements leading to a change in the ability of the forest to hold water and subsequent drying of leaves that were never meant to be dry. In Borneo, that combined with the effects of a drought caused by an El Niño to make the forest a tinderbox. People using traditional slash and burn techniques to carve out subsistence farming plots found one day that their fires did not go out. Instead they spread into surrounding foliage—usually too wet to burn—and the inferno began. Even as early as 1990 we understood that something similar might happen to the Brazilian forest cover. But we scientists could do nothing, could barely even make ourselves heard. The Brazilian government was openly hostile to outsiders and intent on pursuing a policy of razing the forest and making it into rangeland. This policy continued despite the fact that the forest soils could not support grazing grass, and in fact turned into a substance as hard as concrete when exposed to erosional forces. I think, sometimes, if I had been a different man, a man of passion and politics instead of the scholar I am, I might have saved the forests instead of spending my career studying their death. Every time I see Gupta Singh on video or read another Depop tract I literally shrivel up inside in what I can only describe as a kind of agony of self-recrimination. I think to myself that somehow there must have been some way, something I could have done. If we still had the forest we could undertake a global cleanup of pollutants and let the breath of the trees renew the air. We could have stable weather again, and eventually clean rain, and be able to look ahead a little distance and say, we will still exist. I was a senior member of the Equatorial Firewatch Committee in 2019. The group had access to data from the two Firewatch Satellites that covered the whole of the equatorial forest. We applied heat-space and rate-of-spread analysis to the stream of incoming data and from that were able to pinpoint which fires of the thousands burning at any given time were uncontrolled. Normally we would be in contact with fifty or sixty forest fires of various degrees of intensity. The great majority of these were naturally occurring burns, ignited by lightning and likely to extinguish themselves. As I remember, the first warning of trouble came when the computer suddenly suggested a new plotting strategy for the Brazilian tropical forest. When Tom and I looked at it we realized that there had been a change in the intensity of a number of controlled fires. We knew at once what was happening. Tom’s immediate impulse was to alert the whole international fire control apparatus, but this was overruled by the committee because of concerns about Brazilian hostility to outside intervention.

    We monitored the great fire for six months. In all it consumed approximately one million three hundred thousand hectares and so many lives, human and otherwise. The rains that came in April, caused by the dense smoke cover, put the fire out. Then the rains vanished, and Brazil began its decline into the starving ruin it is today. I believe in hope, and I believe to the depths of my heart that there remains a future for the extraordinary species called human. But I still dream of the trunks of the trees looming up in the truck’s lights, and of the calls of the forest night, the insects, the monkeys, the birds, the moaning fire. With the passage of time the Amazonian environment has established itself as a desert. Because the soil was so heavily oxygenated by the tropical forest, it has oxidized since being deprived of its covering vegetation. When you look at the satellite image of it in direct sunlight, there is an uncanny familiarity which at first you cannot place. Then you realize it: central Brazil now looks exactly like the surface of Mars.

  20. When BC is on fire you can enjoy the smoke in Alberta

  21. The “can be seen from space” trope bothers me. Space isn’t actually that far away, and most reasonably sized fires can be seen from space. I’m pretty sure California’s bi-annual incineration can be seen from the ISS.

    That said, a fire covering millions of square kilometers is a big deal, and humans as a group need to start taking the destruction of our planet seriously.

  22. From NASA:

    > As of August 16, 2019, satellite observations indicated that total fire activity in the Amazon basin was slightly below average in comparison to the past 15 years. Though activity has been above average in Amazonas and to a lesser extent in Rondônia, it has been below average in Mato Grosso and Pará, according to the Global Fire Emissions Database.

  23. Which fulfillment center?

  24. I live in Brazil, the forest is on fire for 16 days already and I only heard about it today on Reddit. there isn’t any media coverage around here.

  25. Environmentalists RISE! ✊✊✊ r/ defendearth

  26. Can the UN please just buy the Amazon? We need to have international wildlife reserves.

  27. Wasn’t the arctic also on fire, & visible from space, awhile back?

  28. I’m kind of shocked Bezos and Amazon never did a pledge to the forest. They profited so much from the name, a giving back campaign would be mad successful.

  29. I sincerely hope Bolsonaro will go down as a criminal in the history textbooks.

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