Introduction - Aug 23, 2019
The media is currently sounding dire warnings about fires in the Amazon and judging from their tone and gravity, you would think that the life on Earth itself was threatened.
The Guardian reports that:
While the Independent warns that:
A liitle background on the Independent is useful. The failing liberal newspaper was bought by Alexander Lebedev in 2010. A Russian oligarch and former KGB agent, Lebedev has been linked to Chatham House, the illuminati think tank.
The Independent then explains how its readers can rectify the situation - by eating less meat. Prompting the BBC to ask:
Whether you are a carnivore or a vegetarian, like this writer, the media outpourings suggest that a global elitist propaganda drive is underway. This becomes obvious when one considers that Amazon Forest fires, an annual phenomenon, are burning at a lower rate than usual this year:
NASA Say The Amazon Is Burning At Below Average Rates - Yet Many News Stories Say Record Rates - Which Is It?
Robert Walker - Science 2.0 Aug 21, 2019
Short summary: we have had wild fires for many years now in the Amazon, even in the tropical rainforest - mainly started by humans for forest clearing and ranching. It is not enough to impact significantly on the Paris agreement pledges yet, though it is important in the long term if this continues for decades. This image is being shared even in usually reputable media with captions such as National Geographic's "The Amazon is burning at record rates - and deforestation is to blame". Similarly, the BBC is reporting it as a "record".
But is it? You would not guess from these headlines that NASA's description for the original photo says that it is burning at less than average rates. Bit of a big difference there. The BBC did mention this, but don't even link to the NASA page to check, and in only two throwaway sentences easy to miss.
Meanwhile, 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.
‘Record number of fires' in Brazilian rainforest
What they do not explain is that the Brazilian DETER data for their 72,000 fires report is not intended for fire counts or for deforestation analysis but just for a rapid response alert to regions that are burning.
UPDATE 23rd August. The whole thing has got very politicized, and the BBC have done a second article today that no longer mentions the NASA results at all.