Steven, I won't have time Sunday but this might be interesting to some people who aren't more concerned with enlarging their penis's, of cutting their penis's off. #Genderbending.

I try in my research to find the links as to what's really going on, and I think this might be more of a part of the forcing of "climate change" by way of carbon emissions, as well as the continued corporate raping of the planet. It should be noted as to the areas cited below, and how these are major ecological areas of the mass forests still left that cover this planet. It is one thing to log an area, but why burn it?

My show Sunday will deal with New Guinea's past.


The forest's were extensively logged off and the genocide of those who got in their way. This would be repeated in East Timor.
 


Tropical deforestation in Paraguay and our BBQ

On a vast, hot plateau in Paraguay, a little-known environmental crisis is playing out.

The Chaco is described by David Attenborough as “one of the last great wilderness areas in the world.”  Encompassing parts of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina, it harbours high levels of biodiversity, sheltering 500 species of bird and 150 species of mammal including jaguar, capybara and giant anteater. The region is also home to one of the last indigenous communities in the Americas living in isolation from industrial society, groups of semi-nomadic Ayoreo.

Deforestation rates in the Paraguayan Chaco tripled between 2006 and 2007.

But all this is threatened by deforestation, driven by the advance of international agribusiness into pristine wilderness. A 2013 study by the University of Maryland, covering the 12 years after 2000, found that the forests of the Gran Chaco were disappearing at a faster rate than any other tropical forests in the world.
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/democraciaabierta/tropical-deforestation-for-charcoal-in-paraguay-to-fuel-your-bbq/
 

Disappointment as Brazil declines to sign up to UN deforestation agreement

Brazil fails to commit to a landmark new pledge to protect the world’s rainforests in order to curb carbon emissions and combat climate change, as many other countries sign up.

Governments, businesses and environmentalists have come together to sign a landmark declaration pledging to end deforestation by 2030, widely regarded as being the first official declaration of its kind. The New York Declaration on Forests, unveiled earlier this week as world leaders gathered in New York for a special Climate Summit and the annual UN General Assembly, also includes a promise to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020, and a commitment to restore over a million square miles of degraded land around the world. Supporters claim that if the terms of the agreement are fully implemented, it could lead to between 4.5bn and 8.8bn tonnes of carbon emissions being prevented each year – a saving on a similar scale to taking all of the world’s cars out of circulation.

Among the countries to have signed up to the declaration are the United States, Canada, and several major European countries, as well as many other countries from tropical areas which are home to some of the planet’s most important forest zones. The declaration was also signed by companies ranging from Kellogg’s and Nestlé, to Cargill and Asia Pulp and Paper, and by charities and NGOs such as the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Rainforest Alliance, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Furthermore, it includes a plan to strengthen the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) programme, a proposed mechanism to provide financial rewards to countries and landowners who protect and suitably manage forested areas.
https://eyeonlatinamerica.com/2014/09/25/un-declaration-forests-brazil/

 

Paraguay battles fires in protected wetland region

Tens of thousands of hectares destroyed as environmentalists call on government to take greater action against the fires

Asuncion, Paraguay - Wildfires have raged over vast swaths of South America in recent weeks, including in Paraguay where blazes have destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of protected wetlands and other areas.

Paraguay, a landlocked nation bordering Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil, has lost roughly 40,000 hectares of forest from the perennial floodplains in the north of its sparsely populated western Chaco region, since mid-August, according to Guyra Paraguay, a non-government organisation. These floodplains form part of the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetlands - an area of enormous ecological importance that also stretches into Brazil and Bolivia.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/paraguay-battles-fires-protected-wetland-region-190828220551439.html
 

Brazil president blames NGOs for Amazon fires

Environmental groups instead blame dismantled protections for the rainforest
 

BRASILIA – Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused non-governmental organizations of setting wildfires in the Amazon rainforest to damage his government’s image after he cut their funding.

Environment and climate experts disputed his unfounded claim as a “smoke screen” to hide the dismantling of protections for the world’s largest tropical rainforest and said farmers clearing land were the cause of a surge in forest fires.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/08/21/brazil-president-blames-ngos-for-amazon-fires/

 

Trump to Lift Logging Restrictions in America's Largest National Forest: A Climate Change Threat 'Like the Fires Burning in the Amazon,' Warns Expert

The Trump administration is looking to remove a 20-year-old set of logging restrictions covering the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, according to reports.

Tongass—located in the southeast of the state—is the largest national forest in the United States encompassing 16.7 million acres.

In 2001, the Clinton administration introduced the so-called "Roadless Rule" which put limitations on logging and road construction across the country. But The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has directed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to lift these restrictions at Tongass so that the forest is exempt from these rules, citing three sources who were briefed privately on the issue.

The latest moves could potentially open up more than half of Tongassthe world's largest intact temperate rain forest—to logging, mining and energy projects, environmental groups warn.

"[This] is another example of the administration's penchant for selling out our nation's public land legacy for the private gain of a limited few," Patrick Lavin, Alaska Policy Advisor for non-profit, Defenders of Wildlife, told Newsweek.

The fate of the forest has long been uncertain. For the past two decades, the logging industry and its friends in Congress have been keen to exploit the forest's vast natural resources. However, there has been significant opposition from environmental groups, local Native communities and some politicians.
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-logging-restrictions-alaska-tongass-largest-national-forest-1456553

Keith