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I have read a couple different things about those fires, but I don't feel confident that I know anything 100% verified as fact yet.  Something I did see that was pretty crazy are videos from San Paulo where the smoke from the fires has turn day time into pitch blackness from the smoke and that city is I think a couple hours from the fires. 

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RAINFOREST ON FIRE  On the Front Lines of Bolsonaro’s War on the Amazon, Brazil’s Forest Communities Fight Against Climate Catastrophe

 

THE RIVER BASIN at the center of Latin America called the Amazon is roughly the size of Australia. Created at the beginning of the world by a smashing of tectonic plates, it was the cradle of inland seas and continental lakes. For the last several million years, it has been blanketed by a teeming tropical biome of 400 billion trees and vegetation so dense and heavy with water, it exhales a fifth of Earth’s oxygen, stores centuries of carbon, and deflects and consumes an unknown but significant amount of solar heat. Twenty percent of the world’s fresh water cycles through its rivers, plants, soils, and air. This moisture fuels and regulates multiple planet-scale systems, including the production of “rivers in the air” by evapotranspiration, a ceaseless churning flux in which the forest breathes its water into great hemispheric conveyer belts that carry it as far as the breadbaskets of Argentina and the American Midwest, where it is released as rain.

 

In the last half-century, about one-fifth of this forest, or some 300,000 square miles, has been cut and burned in Brazil, whose borders contain almost two-thirds of the Amazon basin. This is an area larger than Texas, the U.S. state that Brazil’s denuded lands most resemble, with their post-forest landscapes of silent sunbaked pasture, bean fields, and evangelical churches. This epochal deforestation — matched by harder to quantify but similar levels of forest degradation and fragmentation — has caused measurable disruptions to regional climates and rainfall. It has set loose so much stored carbon that it has negated the forest’s benefit as a carbon sink, the world’s largest after the oceans. Scientists warn that losing another fifth of Brazil’s rainforest 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. This would release a doomsday bomb of stored carbon, disappear the cloud vapor that consumes the sun’s radiation before it can be absorbed as heat, and shrivel the rivers in the basin and in the sky.

 

The catastrophic loss of another fifth of Brazil’s rainforest could happen within one generation. It’s happened before. It’s happening now.

 

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We are pretty much at the point that the most important conversation for climate change is no longer "let's curb emissions" but start building defenses and infrastructure to withstand what's coming this century.

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The Brazilian Amazon is still burning. Who is responsible?

 

“I am under the impression it could have been set by the NGOs because they had asked for money. What was their intention? To bring about problems for Brazil.”

— Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, in a news conference, on Aug. 21, 2019

 

“Dry weather, wind and heat caused the fires to increase greatly throughout the country. ICMBIO and IBAMA brigade members, equipment and aircraft are fully available to the States and already in use.”

— Brazilian Environmental Minister Ricardo Salles, in a tweet, on Aug. 20, 2019

 

“In reality, [the Amazon wildfires are] directly related to trade. The fact that U.S. farmers can’t sell soybeans to China has created an opportunity for Brazil to sell soybeans to China. As a result, farmers are tearing down the Amazon to grow soybeans.”

— Former congressman John Delaney (D-Md.), in an interview, on Aug. 27, 2019

 

As smoke poured into Sao Paulo, Brazil, the fires raging across the Amazon sparked international outrage. Some in the international community were quick to blame Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for the flames. But Bolsonaro pointed to a dozen possible reasons for why the fires intensified, including blaming nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). His environment minister, Ricardo Salles, claimed the weather intensified the blaze. Environmental activists pointed to large agribusinesses. And former congressman John Delaney (Md.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said it was President Trump’s trade war with China that started it all.

 

All of those explanations cannot possibly be accurate simultaneously because some of them seem to contradict each other. So what’s going on here? Let’s dig in.

 

The Facts

Fires in the rainforest don’t start themselves, but that doesn’t mean they are unusual. Every year in the dry season, roughly between August and October, deforestation fires are set by people who clear land for a variety of reasons — farming, ranching, mining, illicit activities, infrastructure.

 

Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which tracks fires in the Amazon, reports that the number of fires detected through September 2019 is up nearly 50 percent from the same period in 2018. (The number updates daily.) That said, the first nine months of 2019 have also seen roughly 10 percent fewer fires than the same period in 2017. Nevertheless, 2019 has seen just over 10,000 more fires than the Brazilian Amazon has seen on average over the past decade.

 

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this thread title should be changed......  Bolsonaro isn't nearly as unpopular as Dilma Rousseff  was when this thread was started.......... nor is he anywhere near as unpopular as he SHOULD be.... 

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3 hours ago, mcsluggo said:

this thread title should be changed......  Bolsonaro isn't nearly as unpopular as Dilma Rousseff  was when this thread was started.......... nor is he anywhere near as unpopular as he SHOULD be.... 

The original article which is what the thread title is from refers to Michel Temer, who replaced Rousseff. 

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Illegal loggers kill Amazon indigenous warrior who guarded forest, wound another

 

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Illegal loggers in the Amazon ambushed an indigenous group that was formed to protect the forest and shot dead a young warrior and wounded another, leaders of the Guajajara tribe in northern Brazil said on Saturday.

 

Paulo Paulino Guajajara, or Lobo (which means ‘wolf’ in Portuguese), was hunting on Friday inside the Arariboia reservation in Maranhao state when he was attacked and shot in the head. Another Guajajara, Laercio, was wounded but escaped, they said.

 

The clash comes amid an increase in invasions of reservations by illegal loggers and miners since right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office this year and vowed to open up protected indigenous lands to economic development.

 

“The Bolsonaro government has indigenous blood on its hands,” Brazil’s pan-indigenous organization APIB, which represents many of the country’s 900,000 native people, said in a statement on Saturday.

 

“The increase in violence in indigenous territories is a direct result of his hateful speeches and steps taken against our people,” APIB said.

 

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Brazil: Netflix told to remove film depicting Jesus as gay

 

A judge in Brazil has ruled that a film depicting Jesus as gay must be removed from the TV streaming service Netflix.

 

The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated fervent Christians in the country.

 

Two million people signed a petition calling for it to be axed, and the production company was attacked with Molotov ****tails last month.

 

In the ruling against Netflix, the judge said: "The right to freedom of expression... is not absolute".

 

However, the ban is only temporary while a final decision is made.

 

Why has the film caused uproar?


The parody film, which was run as a Christmas special, was created by Brazilian YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos.

 

Many of the country's conservative Christians were angered by the portrayal of Jesus bringing home a presumed boyfriend to meet his family.

 

On Christmas Eve, a group attacked Porta dos Fundos's office in Rio de Janeiro with fire bombs.

 

A judge in Rio de Janeiro ordered Netflix to take the film down, the BBC's Daniel Gallas reports from São Paulo.

 

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