The latest thing to be all uppity about (this week) is the Amazon jungle. It’s on fire. Folks with no clue (athletes, celebrities, journalists) are trying to buy environmental cred by squawking about the fire in the jungle. Guess what? This year’s fires are not unusual. Not at all.
As of August 16, 2019, an analysis of NASA satellite data indicated that total fire activity across the Amazon basin this year has been close to the average in comparison to the past 15 years. (The Amazon spreads across Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and parts of other countries.) Though activity appears to be above average in the states of Amazonas and Rondônia, it has so far appeared below average in Mato Grosso and Pará, according to estimates from the Global Fire Emissions Database, a research project that compiles and analyzes NASA data.
So, as I said, average. No more spectacular or concerning than any other Amazonian dry season since before those “deceptive” Swift Boat ads about John Kerry in 2004. Two years before GraniteGrok even existed.
And that’s because they didn’t have the data. It might be less than average going back 50 or 100 years, maybe longer.
The point is that the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the well-heeled and well-connected is more nonsense meant to stress out the world. And about a place that, while important, is not nearly as special as they would like you to believe. If it were, they’d have taken time to find pictures of the burning jungle from this year instead of previous years when they didn’t notice or care.
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