The loss of rain forest – bad news disguised as good news.

Sometimes bad news is announces as good news. An example is the latest news about the destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil. The rate of destruction has fallen by 27%, which means that “only” 4,600 square kilometres have been lost in the twelve months ending in July 2012, compared with 6,000 square kilometres the previous year. For small mercies we should give thanks but this is not a small mercy, but simply a statement that we are permanently destroying less of the rain forest now than we did a year ago.

“I believe that it is the only good piece of environmental news”, said Brazilian government Environment minister Izabella Teixeira, but she is wrong in her belief. I do not denigrate the Brazilian government’s efforts, but they are clearly insufficient. It is bad news disguised as good news.

People destroy the rain forest for financial again. They chop down trees to sell the timber and they clear land for agriculture and cattle. It is a classic situation where the short term gain is had at the expense of the long term problem. Deforestation release huge amounts of carbon dioxide, from burning and from the massive soil disturbance. The rain forest is a world resource and it is inappropriate to expect the Brazilian government and the Brazilian people to protect a world resource for humanity without help from the rest of humanity that benefits from it.

All over the world rain forests are declining. It is inevitable that this decline will have an effect on our climate, our air quality and our ability to sustain our way of life for future generations.

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  1. Removing seed setters for retention and use of their locked up carbon and converting it into useable lumber items continues to lock away their carbon until it is either left to rott on the ground or burned, so is in effect a neutral entity.

    Burning the timber for heating your home is merely releasing what was originally locked away by nature, so is also in balance, where the inbalance is created is when mankind is killing any part of nature faster than she can replenish it.

    Many timbers are once or twice recycled back into timber again in the form of composits so still retain their carbon, MDF, chipboard etc.

    However take a look at Japan’s forestry model of reforestation, here is a model that works, with around 75% coverage.

    Where the problem arises in Brazil is, the soil on which the rain forest grows in unsuitable for long term rotational agriculture, it is simply not the right kind of humous for the long term crop production. Nature has reclaimed this land over thousands of years which acts as a mere anchor, the trees there have 90% of all life within the canopy itself and above ground, this is where the most destruction is being created, after habitat the species are destroyed.

    Of all life that ever lived upon this planet 99% has become extinct in the past, with differing rates of depletion of this life due to natural and unatural actions.

    As natural vedgetation is destroyed, the ability of rotting plant materials also diminishes and thus the natural materials are no longer being replenished, so the overall levels of Co2 levels are halted, 80% of global Co2 actually coming from this global compostation.

    Nobody has yet done a model to work out the global deforestation versus natural compostation to see where the differences lie.

    Until then, the harmful effects on the living and breathing carbon based units cannot be culminated, remember it is all life here not just the human ellements.

    Thus all conjecture other than what we actually know of, is a lie. And paying to pollute using that we can see is futile.

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