Amazon Fires: Record Number burning in Brazil Rainforest

Amazon Fires: Record Number Burning in Brazil Rainforest – Space Agency

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Amazon fires: Record number burning in Brazil rainforest – space agency, 21 Aug. 2019

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, new space agency data suggests.

The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) said its satellite data showed an 84% increase on the same period in 2018.

It comes weeks after President Jair Bolsonaro sacked the head of the agency amid rows over its deforestation data.

The largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming.

It is also home to about three million species of plants and animals, and one million indigenous people.

Conservationists have blamed Mr Bolsonaro for the Amazon’s plight, saying he has encouraged loggers and farmers to clear the land, and scientists say the rainforest has suffered losses at an accelerated rate since he took office in January.

Meanwhile, the US space agency NASA, said that overall fire activity in the Amazon basin was slightly below average this year.

The agency said that while activity had increased in Amazonas and Rondonia, it had decreased in the states of Mato Grosso and Pará.

It was earlier reported that a blackout on Monday in the city of São Paulo – more than 2,700km (1,700 miles) away – had been caused by smoke from the Amazon fires.

But some meteorologists say the smoke came from major fires burning in Paraguay, which is much closer to the city and not in the Amazon region.

Why are there fires in the Amazon?

Wildfires often occur in the dry season in Brazil but they are also deliberately started in efforts to illegally deforest land for cattle ranching.

Inpe said it had detected more than 74,000 fires between January and August – the highest number since records began in 2013. It said it had observed more than 9,500 forest fires since Thursday, mostly in the Amazon region.

In comparison, there are slightly more than 40,000 in the same period of 2018, it said. However, the worst recent year was 2016, with more than 68,000 fires in that period.

The satellite images showed Brazil’s most northern state, Roraima, covered in dark smoke, while neighbouring Amazonas declared an emergency over the fires.

Mr Bolsonaro brushed off the latest data, saying it was the “season of the queimada”, when farmers use fire to clear land. “I used to be called Captain Chainsaw. Now I am Nero, setting the Amazon aflame,” he was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

Later he appeared to suggest that non-governmental organisations had set fires, as revenge for his government slashing their funding. He presented no evidence and gave no names to support this theory, saying there were “no written records about the suspicions”.

“So, there could be…, I’m not affirming it, criminal action by these ‘NGOers’ to call attention against my person, against the government of Brazil. This is the war that we are facing,” he said in a Facebook Live on Wednesday.

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Inpe said it had detected more than 72,000 fires so far this year

Inpe noted that the number of fires was not in line with those normally reported during the dry season.

“There is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is just a little below average,” Inpe researcher Alberto Setzer told Reuters.

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Mr Bolsonaro has been criticised over his environmental policies

“The dry season creates the favourable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.”

Ricardo Mello, head of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Amazon Programme, said the fires were “a consequence of the increase in deforestation seen in recent figures”.

Why is Bolsonaro being criticised?

The reports of a rise in forest fires come amid criticism over Mr Bolsonaro’s environmental policies. Scientists say the Amazon has suffered losses at an accelerated rate since the president took office in January, with policies favouring development over conservation.

Over the past decade, previous governments had managed to reduce deforestation with action by federal agencies and a system of fines. But Mr Bolsonaro and his ministers have criticised the penalties and overseen a fall in confiscations of timber and convictions for environmental crimes.

Last month, the far-right president accused Inpe’s director of lying about the scale of deforestation in the Amazon and trying to undermine the government. It came after Inpe published data showing an 88% increase in deforestation there in June compared to the same month a year ago.

The director of the agency later announced that he was being sacked amid the row.

Inpe has previously insisted that its data is 95% accurate. The agency’s reliability has also been defended by several scientific institutions, including the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.


Biotesting Hair Profile

If  you have been following my Diabetes thread, you will see I’ve had a hair profile which revealed my exposure to radiation, probably while working in Kakadu. The profile is on the last blog. If  you want to determine if you have been exposed to radiation or find you health profile to determine allergies to wheat or other foods or to find what foods  or supplements can improve your health, you can have a hair profile done for around $120.

You then have the choice to have another one done after say 6 months on a health regime to improve your health. I’m currently taking The Marine Minerals with 74 Plant derived minerals a few drops in a glass of water. I have become a distributor for these products and will monitor the results later this year.I have been swimming regularly in sea water as I think this helps also

I’ve also been using Magna Clear concentrate which cleans water, in the bath to remove toxins. It oxygenates and mineralises the water and can remove impurities from even muddy water. The Black Mica and Magnetic Sulphate minerals attract contaminents and clump them into larger particles which become insoluable and visible, precipitating out.





Diabetes and depleted uranium pollution

I’ve been exploring the link between diabetes and depleted uranium pollution. There is a link found between the increased incidence of diabetes and the pollution of uranium in the atmsphere from nuclear testing, from the use of recycled uranium in weapons, from releases into the environment from uranium mining and milling. When you map the incidences of diabetes you see a clear co-relation with atmospheric circulation. particularly in the Northern Hemisphere.

.Estimated dose (Micro-Sieverts) Activity

5    sleeping next to your spouse for one year
10  a year of watching TV at an average rate
10  a year of wearing a luminous dial watch
10  a year of living in the USA from nuclear fuel and power plants
10  a day from background radiation (average, varys a lot throughout the world)
20  having a chest x-ray
65  flying from Melbourne to London, via Singapore
300 Yearly dose due to body’s potassium-40
460 maximum possible offsite dose from Three Mile Island Accident
400 – 1000 Average annual dose from Medical sources
7,000 having a PET scan
8,000 having a chest CT (CAT) scan
50,000 off-site dose from accident at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (estimates vary widely)
2,000,000 Typical single dose to Cancer region from Radiation Therapy
700,000 – 13,000,000 staff and firefighters at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant during and immediately after the accident
65,000,000 Typical total dose to Cancer region from Radiation Therapy.

The problem is the radiation is accumulative so if you are exposed to uranium in the air, after a nuclear accident, uptake of inhaled uranium is 60% and that is added to doses from other sources.

We are not immune to this problem in Australia.  At Jabiru where Ranger mines uranium, dosage rates are 0.10mSv per year well below the limit recommended by ICRP which is 1MSv. Yet diabetes accounted for 8% of deaths in East Arnhem land, Barkly and Central regions in 2002. This was more than double the diabetes rate in Darwin environs (3%).

My interest is that I spent 7 months in Jabiru in the early 90’s and I have diabetes, which developed in 2,000. Working at the laboratory close to the mine site, would have increased my exposure. They moved the town from this site because of higher levels of uranium pollution near the mine.

The limit for drinking water is 30 micrograms/l and uptake from food is less than 0.05 . I’ve thought that my diabetes was genetically linked because my father and two brothers have it, none of them were in Jabiru, but now I see other factors here contributing to the diabetes, French nuclear testing in the Pacific (ended 1963), uranium mining and Fukushima.

Lauren Moret is the whistleblower on this whole genetic timebomb. As I wrote in my poem Hot Spots, from Jabiru Dreaming. ‘uranium the clock ticking away”. I am reminded that Guboo the Aboriginal elder said, Chenobyl was a warning of what could happen if we follow this path, now we have something in Fukushima, many magnitudes more disasterous. The rate of diabetes in indigenous communities over 65 years is 36%. Gulf war veterans are coming back after exposure to depleted uranium from munitions with very high levels. Now there’s a link with metal failure in planes, not to mention genetic defects in animals and humans.

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