[Ed. – Well, sure. On the other hand, actual scientists are trying to cut through the noise with the PSA that the Amazon is not, in fact responsible for 20% of the world’s oxygen supply. Not even close. Invasion – er, “territorial incursion” – seems a bit extreme.]
Bolsonaro didn’t pour lighter fluid to ignite the flames now ravishing the Amazon, but with his policies and rhetoric, he might as well have. The destruction he inspired—and allowed to rage with his days of stubborn unwillingness to douse the flames—has placed the planet at a hinge moment in its ecological history. Unfortunately, the planet doesn’t have a clue about how it should respond. …
The consequences of the unfolding disaster—which will extinguish species and hasten a worst-case climate crisis—extend for eternity. To lose a fifth of the Amazon to deforestation would trigger a process known as “dieback,” releasing what The Intercept calls a “doomsday bomb of stored carbon.”
[T]he case for territorial incursion in the Amazon is far stronger than the justifications for most war. In the meantime, the planet chokes on old notions of sovereignty.
Despite the widespread claim, the Amazon doesn’t produce 20% of the world’s oxygen.
It’s more like ~6%
— Dr. Jonathan Foley (@GlobalEcoGuy) August 23, 2019