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When will the Amazon reach a tipping point?

I posted this in January 2021. Since then we have had almost two years of further destruction. Will Lula be able to make a difference? We, in the rest of the world can only hope and wait.

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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Ordem y Progresso

I first blogged this in January 2021. Let’s hope that with Lula ousting the idiot Bolsonaro that the forests of Brazil will be restored.

First off, this isn’t a Brazilian tree but I’m using it to illustrate a problem. Second, there are probably no countries that are truly clean and green and living sustainably within the ability of the planet to regenerate. That said Brazil is currently one of the worst countries in the world for forest destruction. So the saying on their national flag is rather meaningless because if the destruction of forests and extinction of tree species is order and progress then the human monkey species has got the meaning of the words seriously wrong. Take the case of the iconic and distinctive Araucaria tree. They have been part of Brazil’s Atlantic forest for hundreds of thousands of years long before the descendants of Europeans drew the imaginary line on the continent of South America, https://theconversation.com/climate-breakdown-is-pushing-brazils-iconic-araucaria-tree-to-extinction-new-research-123068?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20September%2011%202019%20-%201406813256&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20September%2011%202019%20-%201406813256+CID_1faadc5548eba903dffbb5148a125fe3&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Climate%20breakdown%20is%20pushing%20Brazils%20iconic%20Araucaria%20tree%20to%20extinction%20%20new%20research. In the 20th century Ordem y Progresso led to 97% of them being cut down and now human caused climate change could finish them off. What are the reasons for this species and others demise? Quite simply too many human monkeys and there is no sign of any plans to even stabilise that population so many more species of not just trees but species from insects to animals will disappear as the ridiculous mantra of Ordem y Progresso continues. As I mentioned I have only used Brazil as an example of a global human problem, one we will not deal with. Humanity needs to start acting as an intelligent species and not a huge swam of locusts.

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The “I” in normal, “I” buy flowers for my mother

First blogged a year ago and little has changed as everything is so disconnected between first world consumption and third world production.

14th March 2021

Part six of my “I” and your “I” limited life bubble existence. In the UK it’s Mother’s Day. Many of us “I”s will be buying flowers for mothers and grandmothers. Many mothers and grandmothers will be receiving them but there will be many UK women who won’t because they have no family or perhaps their family are in a dire financial situation where they can’t even eat or heat their homes properly. There will be various other reasons why UK women will not be joyfully receiving flowers today.

But what of the flowers themselves? Does anybody question where they are from, what environmental cost in terms of climate change has brought them to where they were purchased or how much insecticide or pesticide was used in producing them. How much forest was cut down in some far away land so that a UK mother or grandmother can, for a short period of time receive, what is because it has been cut, a dying flower. Then what about all those mothers and grandmothers in those far away lands doing back breaking work for little money exposed to all sorts of man made chemicals so that some mothers and grandmothers in the UK can have a little of nature in their lives for a short period of time. Will they ever receive flowers on their Mother’s Day?

It’s time we thought beyond the small life bubble that we live in because it truly is a very small bubble.

The “I” in normal, the subtle changes outside of “I”

First posted almost a year ago, the Earth and some parts of humanity have changed dramatically in that time. In many ways we are still being completely dumb.

11th March 2021

Part five of my “I” and your “I” limited life bubble existence. There you are picking up your takeaway coffee in its PFAS covered cup rather than buying a reusable one and heading for your corporate desk or maybe you are still working from home. Maybe you are a subsistence farmer or maybe just someone fighting an oppressive regime that has decided that democracy is no longer valid. There “we” are, 7,800,000,000 of us “I” bubbles all going about our daily routines with very few of us “I”‘s thinking about what’s happening outside our limited bubbles. The Earth however is going through subtle changes, ones that will affect all of us. Far away in Greenland where very few human primates live and far from the view of most of us, algal blooms darken the surface of the ice reducing its albedo trapping more heat causing the ice to melt which causes the sea level to rise. While this study involved local dust it also mentions the dust that is being transported thousands of kilometres that will provide further nutrients for the algae to grow further. This dust is being generated both by our fossil fuel burning causing climate change and by our activities, farming for example. Can you hear the drips yet? Time for humanity to change its ways. https://phys.org/news/2021-01-microbes-fuelled-wind-blown-mineral-greenland.html

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Mad billionaire wants to release 80,000,000 primates in 2021 – Environmental loading part 5

I posted this a year ago and since then the human primate population has gone up by 80,000,000 or so individuals but the rest of the primates haven’t.

1st March 2021

A mad billionaire wants to release 80,000,000 primates all over the world in 2021 setting free gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and all the other monkey species that you have never heard of and that are going extinct. You will find them next year wherever you look in every corner of the planet.

Most humans would be horrified at this thought, very human centric thinking, of so many primates set lose in the world but not if they were human primates. 80,000,000 is the number of ADDITIONAL human primates born in just the 366 days of 2020 and that’s why the non human primates and so many other species are going extinct. We are too many, we take too much.

https://www.sciencealert.com/most-primate-species-are-now-threatened-with-extinction

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Coffee – just one example of the consumption and human population issues we need to fix

I wrote this last February but has the plight of coffee growers become any better? In most cases probably not. There are droughts in many places making the growing of coffee even harder while the human population continues to climb.

23rd February 2021

What’s happening to the planet in 2021 can be expressed in some large numbers but many individuals seem to have a problem with comparing numbers. The Earth is big right and in the little bubble that we live in everything passes day to day with little gripes but really we are OK especially if we have got our coffee. Yes there are people living in poverty, they were living in poverty yesterday and unfortunately they will be living in poverty tomorrow, next month, next year and maybe for the rest of their lives but it’s all a long way away from our little life bubble. So here’s the large number, 80,000,000. That’s the number of ADDITIONAL human primate babies born in just the 366 days of 2020. Many will be born into poverty, will live their lives in poverty and will die in poverty.

So where does that come in from the point of view of the person in a comfortable life bubble drinking coffee? Well many of those coffee drinkers will say that the reason that many of those 80,000,000 are in poverty is down to this or that reason without ever considering the environmental loading caused by their own little life bubble. They see no problem with so many additional births.

So for those able to afford coffee, for those able to regularly buy coffee from your corporate coffee shop (why?), drinking from PFAS tainted takeaway cups (why?) here’s the reason for those who think that human population numbers are not a problem. I have no idea where my coffee comes from apart from the country of origin. I don’t know how old the coffee plantation is. I don’t know how many animals and other creatures died when the native vegetation was cleared to plant the coffee bushes. I don’t know if any local species went extinct because of the planting of the coffee bushes. I don’t know what is happening to the soil in the plantation, what chemicals are being used to bring me my coffee and what environmental impact those chemicals are having locally and on plantation workers’ health. I don’t know what the environmental impact is of shipping that coffee a fair distance across the surface of the planet is. Let’s not mention noise pollution in the oceans because that’s a whole story in itself. Therefore the likelihood is that there will never be enough land to grow coffee for all those ADDITIONAL human primates when they become adults assuming that some might just like to share the experience that you are having in your little life bubble. So as I keep repeating, we are too many, we take too much.

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Today, 22nd January 2021’s example of the limited and human centric view

I posted this as you can see from the title a year ago. We are in the main still living in ignorance.

22nd January 2021

We have done and are continuing to do extensive damage to the life support systems of the planet as if we don’t need them. We really do have either a very pretentious view of ourselves as being somehow different from the rest of nature or, lets be polite and say that we are unaware of the damage that 7,800,000,000 primates are doing. Very few question that we added 80,000,000 human primates in the very short period of time, the 366 days of 2020. In fact some think that it’s all perfectly natural. It’s a natural disaster certainly and one that we cannot continue to repeat. As this article shows, our very actions endanger our well being and may also lead to our species extinction, https://phys.org/news/2021-01-nature-decline-quality-life.html. Something that many with their limited human centric views would find an impossibility.

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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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Ordem y Progresso

I posted this a year ago. The situation for Brazilian trees hasn’t got any better in the last twelve months. In fact it’s got considerably worse. Only recently the Pope was saying that people who had pets rather than children were being selfish. Well Pope, many of the people chopping down Brazilian rainforests are Catholics. Pets don’t do that. The more people, the less trees, it’s as simple as that.

17th January 2021

First off, this isn’t a Brazilian tree but I’m using it to illustrate a problem. Second, there are probably no countries that are truly clean and green and living sustainably within the ability of the planet to regenerate. That said Brazil is currently one of the worst countries in the world for forest destruction. So the saying on their national flag is rather meaningless because if the destruction of forests and extinction of tree species is order and progress then the human monkey species has got the meaning of the words seriously wrong. Take the case of the iconic and distinctive Araucaria tree. They have been part of Brazil’s Atlantic forest for hundreds of thousands of years long before the descendants of Europeans drew the imaginary line on the continent of South America, https://theconversation.com/climate-breakdown-is-pushing-brazils-iconic-araucaria-tree-to-extinction-new-research-123068?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20September%2011%202019%20-%201406813256&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20September%2011%202019%20-%201406813256+CID_1faadc5548eba903dffbb5148a125fe3&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Climate%20breakdown%20is%20pushing%20Brazils%20iconic%20Araucaria%20tree%20to%20extinction%20%20new%20research. In the 20th century Ordem y Progresso led to 97% of them being cut down and now human caused climate change could finish them off. What are the reasons for this species and others demise? Quite simply too many human monkeys and there is no sign of any plans to even stabilise that population so many more species of not just trees but species from insects to animals will disappear as the ridiculous mantra of Ordem y Progresso continues. As I mentioned I have only used Brazil as an example of a global human problem, one we will not deal with. Humanity needs to start acting as an intelligent species and not a huge swam of locusts.

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The demise of yet another very long lived species

The Chinese paddlefish had lived as a species for 200,000,000 years, long before nations such as China or any other human named piece of the planet’s surface existed, but that was before this last interglacial period in which the human primate population went through the roof and they invented agriculture, the wheel, dams etc and with them caused the demise of so many species. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/chinese-paddlefish-one-of-largest-fish-extinct

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