When will the Amazon reach a tipping point?

I posted this a year ago and since then the damage caused to the Amazon has only increased dramatically. We are like a super sized locust destroying everything in our path.

19th January 2021

The poster child if you like for trees is the Amazon rainforest. It’s the one that everyone remembers and roughly knows where it is but it is being decimated effectively so that the burgeoning global human population and their waistlines can eat cheap beef burgers. Like many countries in South America, Brazil’s population continues to grow. The Brazilians are mostly descendants of Europeans that have only been there for five or so centuries yet the numbers today are so many that they are destroying the country like locusts in a field of crops. Studies have shown that once enough of the forest has been cut down precipitation will change and the forest will stop producing enough rain to sustain itself. How long before this happens is as usual open to debate and many think that it will be in the 2030s to 2040s. In 2019, an economist called Monica de Bolle, suggested that this might happen early on in the 2020s, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/23/amazon-rainforest-close-to-irreversible-tipping-point. What is known is that the Amazon, a forest of 16,000 different tree species is drying out, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00508-4. It is thought that in the last 100 years that the temperature in the forest has increased between 1 and 1.5oC and that in parts the dry season has increased from 4 to almost 5 months in the last 50 years. In addition there has been three severe droughts between 2005 and 2020 and it is thought that some species of trees are thriving at the expense of those that are dying due to the less moist conditions. At the time of writing even the pandemic appeared not to be able to slow the rate of deforestation in the Amazon.

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Brown Bear’s Big Day Out – the book

My story about a bear who dons a disguise to escape is available from Amazon globally as a printed book with illustrations that can be coloured in and as an ebook, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brown-Bears-Big-Day-Adventures/dp/1980868859/, https://www.amazon.com/Brown-Bears-Big-Day-Out-ebook/dp/B086DSF5N7/.

This is the synopsis of the story:

Basil the brown bear has a dream; he wants to go Dizzyland, an amusement park that he has read about in the newspaper. Getting there will be difficult as getting out of the zoo will not be the easiest of things to do. What he needs is a disguise so that people do not recognise him as a bear but as a person.

An idea springs to mind one day when a hat is blown into his cage. All he needs are some other items and what comes along next is just what he needs. It is the facemask of a famous person. The only problem is that he has to cut the nose of the mask off; otherwise it will not fit over his big nose. All set, one day he borrows his keeper’s coat and makes his way out into the world beyond the zoo.

It is a strange place, made even more so by the fact that most of the people do not seem to understand his English which he has practised speaking for many years. And the fact that people keep recognising him as someone famous, but keep thinking that the nose is wrong. Some of them find his paws hairy but this does not stop him from searching for the magical Dizzyland.

Basil dancing in the rain

When will the Amazon reach a tipping point?

The poster child if you like for trees is the Amazon rainforest. It’s the one that everyone remembers and roughly knows where it is but it is being decimated effectively so that the burgeoning global human population and their waistlines can eat cheap beef burgers. Like many countries in South America, Brazil’s population continues to grow. The Brazilians are mostly descendants of Europeans that have only been there for five or so centuries yet the numbers today are so many that they are destroying the country like locusts in a field of crops. Studies have shown that once enough of the forest has been cut down precipitation will change and the forest will stop producing enough rain to sustain itself. How long before this happens is as usual open to debate and many think that it will be in the 2030s to 2040s. In 2019, an economist called Monica de Bolle, suggested that this might happen early on in the 2020s, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/23/amazon-rainforest-close-to-irreversible-tipping-point. What is known is that the Amazon, a forest of 16,000 different tree species is drying out, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00508-4. It is thought that in the last 100 years that the temperature in the forest has increased between 1 and 1.5oC and that in parts the dry season has increased from 4 to almost 5 months in the last 50 years. In addition there has been three severe droughts between 2005 and 2020 and it is thought that some species of trees are thriving at the expense of those that are dying due to the less moist conditions. At the time of writing even the pandemic appeared not to be able to slow the rate of deforestation in the Amazon.

Eight stories published and another four that I really should finish off

So far I have self published eight stories on the Amazon KDP platform. Whatever you think of Amazon the KDP platform has given a voice to countless writers who have just wanted to express themselves. It’s a great way to publish and even if you don’t sell many copies, it should give you a great sense of achievement, especially as it’s possible to order a physical copy of your book. Before KDP came along, as an aspiring author, you would have had to have spent a large amount of money to self publish and have ended up with several boxes of books to sell or give away.

So here is the link to my author page, https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B07D3ZTQ1L, and the links to my books on the Amazon UK website although they are available globally.

Busy Bee and the Silent Spring, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Silent-Spring-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B088JFN1ZV/

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow, there are two different size versions of the physical book, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/198320384X/, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Busy-Endangered-Meadow-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B08BW5Y3CS/

Clever Dad and the Pirate Ship, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clever-Pirate-Ship-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/1980869561/

Brown Bear’s Big Day Out, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brown-Bears-Big-Day-Adventures/dp/1980868859/

Clever Dad and the Space Rocket, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clever-Space-Rocket-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/1980899967/

The Lost Marble, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Marble-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/1790481295/

The Lost Marble Colouring Book, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Marble-Colouring-Book/dp/1704907373/

Island Spider, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Spider-Paul-No%C3%ABl/dp/B084Z42CDC/

Proofs Have Arrived – Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow Soon Available as A4 Book

The proofs arrived today of my story, Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. I just need to read them and then press the publish button on Amazon’s KDP platform. The story is already available for the Kindle and devices that run the app. It is also available as a pdf for PCs, Mac and tablets with a pdf reader from our website, www.junagarhmedia.co.uk. I hope that you like it.

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Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow – Proofs Ordered

I have today ordered the proofs of the story so it should be available as Print on Demand as well the Kindle app and tablet. Later today I will load the pdf version onto our website Junagarh Media

I hope that some of you like the story I will be giving a percentage of earnings away to any good causes that buyers request.

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Latest Story Available on Kindle

I have received notification from Amazon KDP that my story is now available for sale on their platform. Now I just need to convert it to pdf and Print on Demand versions.

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Published – Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow

After completely reading through the story twice today and making all the editing changes I have at last loaded up the kindle version onto the Amazon KDP platform. Now for the pdf and Print on Demand versions.

Twitter image with story title

Clever Dad and the Space Rocket

This is a story I wrote and published in 2018 for children between 4 and 8 years old. It is available on the Kindle and devices that run the Kindle app. It is also available as an A4 story and colouring in Print on Demand book from Amazon. In the Print on Demand version and also the pdf available from  Junagarh Media  for PCs/MACs and tablets that can read pdf files all the illustrations are repeated at the end of the book for colouring in.

This is the synopsis:

Read all about how Clever Dad builds his son Tristan a rocket that he soon finds himself blasting off in, on a journey to the moon. His adventure is aided by the ship’s computer who teaches Tristan some facts about space travel and informs him of the mission to survey the moon for possible landing sites.

They discuss whether the moon is made of cheese because back home there is a cheese shortage as some of the cows seem to have gone missing. On the way to the moon they overtake a cow and find out why, as in the old nursery rhyme, it decided to jump over the moon.

The cow was not alone and Tristan and the rocket’s computer discover that none of the cows that decide to jump ever come back. Tristan decides with the help of the computer to find out why the cows are mysteriously disappearing.

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Brown Bear’s Big Day Out

This is the second story that I published with the KDP platform. It is available for Kindle and devices running the Kindle application. It is also available for PCs/MACs and tablet with a pdf reader from Junagarh Media.

This is the synopsis of the story:

Basil the brown bear has a dream; he wants to go Dizzyland, an amusement park that he has read about in the newspaper. Getting there will be difficult as getting out of the zoo will not be the easiest of things to do. What he needs is a disguise so that people do not recognise him as a bear but as a person.

An idea springs to mind one day when a hat is blown into his cage. All he needs are some other items and what comes along next is just what he needs. It is the facemask of a famous person. The only problem is that he has to cut the nose of the mask off; otherwise it will not fit over his big nose. All set, one day he borrows his keeper’s coat and makes his way out into the world beyond the zoo.

It is a strange place, made even more so by the fact that most of the people do not seem to understand his English which he has practised speaking for many years. And the fact that people keep recognising him as someone famous, but keep thinking that the nose is wrong. Some of them find his paws hairy but this does not stop him from searching for the magical Dizzyland.

 

 

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