• ‘Amazon Burning!’ Hysteria Collides with Facts: Guess Which One Wins?

    Surge Summary: Emotional claims of the Amazon burning and the planet suffocating are running into obstacles presented by contradictory scientific experts and scientific facts.

    You can’t help but wonder: if the Global Warming or Climate Change movement – or whatever it is they’re calling it these days – didn’t have misinformation and half-truths and dodgy science to peddle, how would they promote their cause?

    OneNewsNow/Michael Haverluck raises the question:

    Climate change alarmists continue to stoke fears that wildfires in the Amazon rainforest are suffocating the world. At the same time, scientists are deflating puffed up numbers while NASA’s data is smothering activists’ claims and assuring that the extent of fires during this season are normal and no cause for concern.

    “From media outlets to politicians, the wildfires have sparked a wave of misinformation and hysteria,” TheBlaze reported. “The wildfires are so frightening because the Amazon produces 20 percent of the world’s oxygen, they claim, [while] others alleged the fires could speed up climate change.”

    French President Emmanuel Macron has pitched in to the hysteria, pressuring world leaders to fund measures against global climate change, even chiding President Donald Trump for not joining 195 other nations to sign the United States on to the Paris Agreement. The French leader is now stoking fear by addressing concerns about the Amazon fires.

    “Our house is burning – literally,” Macron warned his followers on Twitter [last] Thursday. “The Amazon rainforest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let’s discuss this emergency first order in two days!”

    Bad news for Macron and his “sky-is-falling” fellow-travelers, however: That panic-inducing “20-percent” talking point was quickly squelched by established scientists using accurate data. The ranks of the rationale set include climatologist and geophysicist Michael E. Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University.

    “The 20% figure IS too high,” Mann tweeted Friday. “True number closer to 6% as per Jon Foley (@GlobalEcoGuy) and even this is misleading because oxygen levels wouldn’t actually drop by 6% if we deforested the Amazon. See the longer thread on this w/ @GlobalEcoGuy@climatedynamics, me & others…”

    Undeterred, that 20-percent number continues to form the crux of climate alarmists’ argument – although it more than triples the accurate reading. Democratic members of Congress who support Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal love to spout it.

    “The Amazon forest provides 20 percent of the world’s oxygen, and there have been 70,000 wildfires this year alone,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) tweeted Friday. “These fires set by loggers could speed up climate change through a feedback loop that emits billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere.”

    Khanna’s Twitter post links to an ominous article published by BusinessInsider.com, which – ta-daaaa! — also repeats the already refuted statistic:

    “Fires in the Amazon could be part of a doomsday scenario that sees the rainforest spewing carbon into the atmosphere and speeding up climate change even more,” the headline reads, before blaming Brazil’s conservative president for the conflagration. “Fears for the Amazon’s future have been heightened under Brazil’s new, far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, who encourages industry in the region.”

    The mainstream media hasn’t helped the cause of accuracy, either. Untiringly peddling the doomsayers company line:

    “The Amazon is often referred to as ‘the lungs of the planet’ – it’s home to 10% of the world’s species and creates 20% of our oxygen,” NBC News tweeted Thursday. “There have been more than 74,000 fires in the Amazon since January – a massive increase over last year.”

    Other popular media outlets are joining in the environmental chicanery – continuing to lay blame for the forest’s incineration at the feet of so-called climate-change “deniers”.

    “Can humanity survive without the Amazon rainforest?” the headline from Salon.com reads, followed by this subheading: “Massive fires in the Amazon rainforest – a result of far-right policies – call humanity’s survival into question.”

    Unfortunately for the Global Warming Cassandras, the hard science – and scientists – are standing in the way of their falsehoods.

    [E]nvironmentalists’ accusations that the fires are a product of right-wing politicians backing the logging industry were diffused by this explanation from NASA, which stressed that such fires are common and that this year’s fires are actually below normal.

    “In the Amazon region, fires are rare for much of the year because wet weather prevents them from starting and spreading; however, in July and August, activity typically increases due to the arrival of the dry season,” NASA’s recent Earth Observatory report states.

    “Many people use fire to maintain farmland and pastures or to clear land for other purposes. Typically, activity peaks in early September and mostly stops by November.”

    Contrary to pervasive reports from the MSM and rants by climate change political activists, the areas affected by the blazes are smaller than those from previous years.

    “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,” NASA added.

    “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.”

    Hey, good news for the literal Amazon region and its inhabitants; inconvenient revelations for the tribunes of apocalypse cramming in front of cameras and microphones around the planet.

    More facts: natural forest fires and “slash and burn” practices provide a benefit to the growth cycle, returning nutrients to rainforests’ depleted soil (they’re sucked out of the ground by the mass vegetation).

    And let’s remember this nugget, supplied by well-known, award-winning environmental scientist Dr. Jonathan Foley, a “sustainability expert” who makes this head-slapper: Agriculture also contributes to the world’s oxygen supply. (Recall, they’re plants too!)

    Foley is a regular contributor to climate change-affirming publications and news sites including National Geographic, the Guardian, BBC, PBS and CNN, who argues the fires do pose a global problem. That said, he refused to join the frantic chorus that the Amazon region’s fires and agriculture are suffocating the world.

    “[O]ne thing we don’t need to worry about is the world’s oxygen supply,” Foley tweeted [last] Thursday in lieu of the Amazon fires. “Despite the widespread claim, the Amazon doesn’t produce 20% of the world’s oxygen. Also, the forests are being replaced by pastures and croplands, which also do photosynthesis and produce similar amounts of oxygen.”

    The man-produced agriculture might not be trees, obviously enough – but they remain vegetation. And there’s a whole bunch of it!

    I feel like I can breathe again …

    H/T: Michael Haverluck/OneNewsNow

    Image: By w:NASA – http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2006/amazon_crops.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52852221

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