some decent news:
some decent news:
Sad to say, but I think more pessimistically: the ‘real’ story of what’s going on lies in the final three paragraphs of the link you posted. (1) The Cerrado is being devastated at an extraordinary rate and most Brazilians, indeed most people in the entire world, don’t realise what’s being lost as a result. (2) The dry-season fires this year might even prove to be the worst on record in the past 20+ years. On my last visits to eastern and central Amazonia, in July, August and September this year, in some places I couldn’t see the sun until 9am because of the haze from the fires, and sunshine remained weak all day for the same reason. About half of the state of Tocantins was on fire during this period! (3) The Brazilian government’s approved plans for huge dams in eastern Amazonia, to provide power for people thousands of km away, equals one huge environmental disaster, and the election of a Lula ‘puppet’ to head the government for the next four years just means more of the same. I’m pleased that Brazil elected a woman president (just as I was pleased that they elected someone, in Lula, who understood the needs of the poor), but the world needed another woman, Marina Silva, the Green Party candidate, who really understands the environmental issues that Brazil faces, not Dilma Rousseff. “Amazonia e nossa” (Amazonia is ours) say many Brazilians, but the fate of Amazonia, which becomes increasingly precarious with every passing year, is something that should concern the globe, and requires governments and institutions throughout the world to work cooperatively.
Guy M. Kirwan
- Hon. Editor, Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club
- Managing Editor, Cotinga