The United States should offer help to put out the fires in the Amazon Rainforest. It has been on fire for three weeks with no media coverage. The Amazonas are integral to our environment. This is about saving the Earth.

The Amazon Rainforest supplies Earth with 20 percent of oxygen and is thought to be home to 30 percent of all species. And yet, this beautiful place is being destroyed by a fire that has lasted 20-plus days; the smoke alone can be seen from space.

I've donated to trusted organizations that support the conservation of the rainforest and its indigenous people, but it's up to the people and our representatives as a whole to help this terrible mistreatment.

I urge Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and U.S. Rep. Randy Weber to get something done to help fight these fires.

Sarah Ford

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Carlos Ponce

President Trump has been in contact with Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro. Trump tweeted before leaving for the G-7 Summit, "Just spoke with President @JairBolsonaro of Brazil. Our future Trade prospects are very exciting and our relationship is strong, perhaps stronger than ever before. I told him if the United States can help with the Amazon Rainforest fires, we stand ready to assist!” Bolsonaro has mobilized Brazil's armed forces to help contain the fire. A US-based B747-400 Super Tanker arrived at Viru Viru airport, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia August 23 to help with the fire-fighting effort. The US-based Super Tanker can carry nearly 20,000 gallons of fire retardant.

Bailey Jones

What a tragedy - 40,000 fires burning the Amazon. The Amazon not only generates oxygen for the whole planet, it's also a huge carbon sink and as such helps to regulate our temperature and climate. Trees absorb carbon while they live, and release it when they die and decompose, or burn. So burning a tree undoes all the good that tree did during its lifetime.

Aside from the advantages to our atmosphere, the Amazon is home to much of what's left of our planet's living species. Once a species is gone, it's gone forever, and its role in the food chain and environment is gone as well. Knock over enough dominoes and the whole thing comes crashing down.

I hope the G7 will decide to take some action this weekend.

Gary Miller

There was no Amazon Rain Forest before the climate change that ended the Ice age. World did just fine without it. An acre of grassland produces as much oxygen as an acre of trees.

Bailey Jones

The Amazon rain forest is 50 million years old, so it has survived many ice ages. (Obviously rain forest species didn't all magically evolve in the last 15000 years.) Both grass and trees are efficient generators of oxygen and both are good for sequestering CO2. But a grassland is not a forest, and a cow pasture is not a jungle. Species will die, the ecosystem will suffer. The cash generated from raising hamburger on the ashes of this world treasure hardly compensates for the damage.

Gary Miller

Bailey> Sorry but the amazon and other equatorial rain forests didn't get started until about 6,000 years ago. The north and south Tiaga or Boreal { sic?} forests are older than rain forests. Forests and grasslands are different but the oxygen they generate is exactly the same. That the Amazon produces 20% of earths available oxygen has been claimed but not proven. The increase of living bio mass required has not been observed. When a specis important to the Amazon goes extinct it affects nothing but the Amazon. The gene pool loses nothing because it is an alphabet that is used over and over just like the English alphabet.

Carlos Ponce

To the west of the Amazon towards the Pacific lies the pyramids of Caral - once with lush vegetation but now, not so much. Reason? Climate change thousands of years ago.

Bailey Jones

"the amazon and other equatorial rain forests didn't get started until about 6,000 years ago" - citation, please.

Wayne Holt

My understanding is that the fires are started by farmers that are clearing larger and larger areas to expand into as the population grows and they seek more land to plant on. If that's the case, wildfire control may only be realistic where the fires are out of control, as the government there is not likely to allow their own residents to be thwarted by foreign intervention. It's definitely unfortunate; I also understand there are concurrent fires in Africa that are even larger in extent.

Gary Miller

Wayne> Mostly true. How many are from lightning or land clearing hasn't been established. The Brazil and Africa fires are an annual event. NOAA says 161 million square miles of wildfires per year, world wide, is normal. The US will have it's share again this year. Wildfires are natures restoration projects.

Carlos Ponce

In the meantime, California is burning ...AGAIN. Seems to be an annual event.

Miceal O'Laochdha

You are right Carlos, it IS an annual event. I lived for a time in Northern California and the weather can be summed up as follows: It stops raining at Easter. During the summer it burns. It resumes raining at Thanksgiving (this is, of course, snow up in the Sierra) and continues again until Easter, causing relentless mudslides where all the trees and underbrush had burned off during the summer. This cycle repeats Ad Infinitum.

Jim Forsythe

Arctic Circle, Jul 4 2019 :

"These are some of the biggest fires on the planet, with a few appearing to be larger than 100,000 hectares," “The amount of CO2 emitted from Arctic Circle fires in June 2019 is larger than all of the CO2 released from Arctic Circle fires in the same month from 2010 through to 2018 put together.”

In Alaska alone, there have already been 369 wildfires this year, burning through 648,489 acres.

California, August 2019: But even compared to an average year, the number of acres burned in 2019 is still over 10 times fewer than the previous five years.

Through August 11 of this year, 23,748 acres of California land not controlled by the federal government had burned. At the same point last year, 618,996 acres had burned.

The number of acres burned in California through the beginning of August 2019 is 26 times less than the number of acres burned at the same point in 2018, according to new statistics from Cal Fire.








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