Why is the Amazon burning? | CNBC Explains - Lake Harding Association

Why is the Amazon burning? | CNBC Explains

Why is the Amazon burning? | CNBC Explains

By Micah Moen 63 Comments October 9, 2019


The Amazon is one of Earth’s
greatest natural treasures, but this year it has been ravaged
by a record number of fires. It has led to calls for action
from around the world, with much finger-pointing over
what — or who — is to blame. More than 30,000 forest fires have been
detected in the Amazon in August alone. Over the course of the year, the number of fire outbreaks
soared to its highest level since records began in 2013. It has triggered a wave of global panic, with
world leaders, environmental groups and celebrities all calling for an urgent
international response. The flames have even
been visible from space. NASA astronauts aboard the International Space
Station have observed plumes of dark smoke billowing out of the rainforest. Strong winds have pushed the smoke
as far as 1,700 miles away, causing a daytime blackout in
Brazil’s largest city of Sao Paolo. Sometimes referred to as
the “lungs of the world,” the Amazon has captured people’s
imagination like few other places on Earth. To understand why, we first
need to think about its history. For many, many years, the Amazon has been a source
of fascination for people all over the world. Teeming with biodiversity, the Amazon
rainforest is part of the Amazon biome, which spans around 2.6 million square
miles, or twice the size of India. Unparalleled in scale, the Amazon biome cuts
across nine countries in South America, with Brazil making
up more than half. In the 1960s, the Brazilian government,
which was then led by military rulers, decided it was time to prioritize
economic development, turning the world’s largest tropical rainforest
into an economic engine for the country. This included bulldozing several roads through
the Amazon, clearing the land for large-scale agriculture and allowing settlers to
move into lightly inhabited areas. In doing so, Brazil’s military dictatorship
destroyed the rainforest at an astonishing speed. The international response
was relatively muted at first. But as people started to realize the extent
of the damage that was being done, a flurry of anti-deforestation
campaigns followed. That international pressure eventually worked.
In the early millennium, Brazil began cracking down on forest destruction, implementing policies
designed to dramatically prevent deforestation, an issue long seen as a
cornerstone of global climate policy. The measures were described by
environmentalists as a “big success,” with more protected areas and reserves
designated to indigenous people. At the same time, Brazil’s agricultural
production continued to increase as well. Climate scientists say this proves development
and conservation can go hand and hand. That began to change to in 2019, when a new government coincided with
a sharp increase in deforestation rates. So, what is it that is causing
the Amazon to burn? It all boils down to money. Many of the Amazon’s forest
fires are set on purpose. After loggers are done chopping down
trees and harvesting the lumber, the remaining vegetation
is usually burned. This is done by people hoping to make a profit
off the land, by selling it to farmers and ranchers. And with the Amazon several
months into its dry season, all it takes is a single spark for
a fire to blaze out of control. Environmental activists believe
those deliberately setting fires have been emboldened by Brazil’s
contentious leader, Jair Bolsonaro. They say it is unsurprising that Bolsonaro’s vision
for more economic development in the Amazon has coincided with surging deforestation
in recent months — pointing to data from Brazil’s own space institute, which shows a
Manhattan-sized area was lost every day in July. In a repeat of history, these actions in the
Amazon have sparked international outrage, much to Bolsonaro’s annoyance. So, why then is Brazil’s government effectively
telling the rest of the world to mind its own business? Since coming to power, Brazil’s president
has repeatedly said he believes South America’s largest country should open the
Amazon up to business interests. He sees the protected lands as a
hindrance to economic growth. The long-time climate skeptic not only angrily
dismissed the chorus of international concern over the Amazon’s forest fires, he also
rejected proposals of foreign aid. Bolsonaro believes it is only for Brazil and its neighbors
to debate and make decisions about the Amazon. He even told a group of the world’s most powerful
leaders that their plans to discuss the forest fires without the participation of any Amazonian countries,
evoked a “misplaced colonial mindset.” However, despite not wanting other countries
to interfere, he has admitted that Brazil does not have the resources it needs to fight
the fires in an area as large as the Amazon. With little sign of the forest fires dying down
any time soon, a key question for many is, what does this all mean when
it comes to climate change? The United Nations has recognized the intensifying
climate crisis as “the defining issue of our time,” with a recent report calling the phenomenon “the
greatest challenge to sustainable development.” The Amazon’s role in absorbing
carbon dioxide and producing oxygen makes it a critical defence mechanism in
helping to slow the pace of global warming. When forests burn, carbon is released in the form
of CO2, which adds to levels in the atmosphere. On top of that, the loss of trees in the Amazon reduces
the ability of the forest as a whole to absorb carbon. Scientists are unsure exactly how the decline
of the Amazon could impact the global climate. But, at the very least, rainfall patterns across North
America, Europe and Africa are likely to increase. Thanks for watching.
Don’t forget to subscribe. And do let us know if there are any other
topics you think we should be covering. See you next time.

63 Comments found

User

M S

wow!

Reply
User

Tzwac dastag

Why is the Amazon burning?

Because Greedy people are doing it for MONEY!

Reply
User

Alex Almeida

Amazon is burning because of Greed and corruption from pseudo democracies set up with tyrannical leaders who ignore science and moral action.Colonial civilisation is collapsing globally and this is the violent way they've decided to go out. Byyyeee!! 🤗☮🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🐆🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🐆🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🐆🐆🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🌲🌲🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🌲🌲🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🐆🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲

Reply
User

Rogerio Dos santos silva

STOP FAKE NEWS CNBC OK

Reply
User

Nathan

People with a brain: the planet’s slowly being demolished & we gotta reverse it
Politicians: but it’s too COSTLY!😫

Reply
User

Kevin Oh

Amazen or amazon

Reply
User

peter lee

Bolsonaro is a very evil man just like Trump. The great people of Brazil must kick him out of government before he completely destroy the country and the world lungs that is the Amazon.

Reply
User

Axxess Mundi

Fake propaganda. Wow, modern age yellow journalism. There are always fires in the Amazon just like in Congo and Borneo etc.

Reply
User

cleofas pinto lima Lima

Ha ha ha bla bla

Reply
User

LilAsianBoy

All this wood is going to your daily needs so stop cricitizing

Reply
User

Alex Clemencio Jomo da Silva

Soooooooo fake, they dont even bring new information…. CNBC FAKE NEWS

Reply
User

Santiago Bron

The amazon is burning because fat ass Americans need their hot dogs and hamburgers in time for next summer.

Reply
User

DARTH VADER

/oo : yes Boldenaro the Portuguese Envader has burned out the Amazoon Merchandise to make field for meat 🥩 /oo and when mothernature will make V Vendetta probably 1 Million people will be ravaged but epidemics… it happend already in the past /oo by the time of the spanic envader in Mexicó..
Muchas gracias amigos /oo então…. eu sou il presidento di Brasieu 🇧🇷
Não Brasileiro não falamos Portugues falamos Brasileiro…
/ioo Bolsenaro your time is limited /ooi the universe will take revenge do you know the Fluch von Dr. Hannibalus Barkéous… /oo yes The Kennedy Family… they killed all fisches in 1881in new jersey look what happened to them…

Reply
User

Yiheng Zhang

You can't just sacrifice other people's right to develop their country, you must help them if you want them to achieve your goal.

Reply
User

maurice o

Why does Europe and the US barely have any forests?

Reply
User

جعفر حیدری

خوب

Reply
User

Gary Voelker

So sad how many people don’t care about preserving our ecosystems

Reply
User

Vatsal Patel

First imposing capitalism in world and then crying over why countires are cutting forest….dude that is exactly your capitalism model….no other civilisation is as dangerous as the capitalist american….

Reply
User

Howen J

These ****heads didn't answer the damn question "why".

Reply
User

fahad afridi

CO2 is produced by rich countries. Why should always poor countries clean their pop??
Just a one aspect of this story

Reply
User

Pradeep Magan

what about the fires in Indonesia

Reply
User

Rinat Camal

burn baby, burn… we'll burn all trees inevitably.
The only solution to global warming of the Earth – is to human to leave this planet and live somewhere else.

Reply
User

One

US itself killed many species of animals and plants – after industrialisation, excessive fertiliser use & deliberate hunting of some species !

4 billion birds are gone in North America !

Reply
User

jrukawa11

Some people likes to smoke weed

Reply
User

Kepler 438

The Whole world was once an Amozon or some jungle. Americans must stop blaming other countries for trying to defforest.. Where do you expect people to build their house? If they come to America you kick them out. Leave them alone. Why don't you reforest your country first before complaining?

Reply
User

Mo Cuishle

When China is working so hard on planting new massive forrest in deserts, Brazilians are burning same sized forrest for money.

Reply
User

Blitznstitch2

It's cool. I'll be dead by the time the humans destroy the Earth past habitability. Plastic oceans. Toxic fresh waters. Air that burns your eyes and throat. Food filled with carcinogens. Oh wait… This is already the case in many areas of the world.

Reply
User

Geary Kunkel

The oceans are the lungs of the world !…….it sucks in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen !….tide up ,dude !

Reply
User

Flávio

Plans (actual maps and audios) have leaked revealing that the Brazilian government and it's military are scared of China and other countries colonizing the Amazon region, so their genial idea is to burn as much forest area as they can get away with and build/expand cities and infrastructure and extract the riches of the land. They don't care about climate change as long as their families will have full coffers for generations to come and they'll defeat the "communist" and "globalist" threats.

https://theintercept.com/2019/09/20/amazon-brazil-army-bolsanaro/

Reply
User

Rizq Danniel

UN is just a decoration..it's not functioning at all…
How Deforestation of Amazon could impact on rainfall pattern to increase in Europe, North America & Africa?… That's funny..I don't really get what he mean..it's look like he said turn earth into desert and rain will fall like 23 hours out of 24 hours a day…

Reply
User

oriental snake

instead of just complaining about countries with forest fires other countries should play their part by planting more trees at home. how many countries actually do that?

Reply
User

Thummala Saikrishna

How does whatsapp make money?

Reply
User

Your Lil Brudder

If you just stopped eating beef like almost all of this would stop. It’s sad how people are crying over deforestation when shoving their face with burgers.

Reply
User

William Wolf

because stupid people won't let anyone log it

Reply
User

Tit 4 Tat

Brazil needs economic development and prosperity. We don't want to be the forest people to the world. You so concerned?? Reforest your own country. Or pump in a part of your GDP every year into Brazil and other countries in the Amazon area.

Reply
User

Prof Goutam (Botany) @SSSCHE

Kindly cover elnino effect

Reply
User

hyou zan ren

China put tarif on US soybean(trade wars!)then Brazil burn their forest to grow it to take advantage the situation!

Reply
User

W 94

What about other countries deforestation

Reply
User

Fiabani

Why the cities doen't stop produce CO2?? Your argue is biased to the big countrs and this is showed in 5:06!! You try to show its natural the cities release CO2. Yes, the brazil has to stop burning and the big cities has to stop release CO2, next video you must to show this.

Reply
User

Aishwarya Singh

You know what : Do a similar video on burning of rainforests in Indonesia. It really never gets the attention it deserves.

Reply
User

A Nonymous

Meanwhile in Borneo

Reply
User

Pitch Black

Whatever is bad. But in reality nothin will happen. Rather we should compensate by planting more trees in our neighbourhoods and cities.

Reply
User

Night The Demon

Because it’s on fire

Reply
User

SDMHT

Subscribe for daily tech news.

Reply
User

Aurobindo Ghosh

cnbc if you don't give incendiaries to sam while he's travelling then jungles won't burn

Reply
User

shefpanda

There is nothing we can do at this point money hungry people have their minds set on ruining a beautiful, I don’t even want to be part of this planet while this is happening rip Amazon

Reply
User

Douglas Scandian

Many countries that are protesting about how Brazil rules their own land make much worst in the past, so try to help in some practice way or do Nothing

Reply
User

Juninho Santos

Thia is a huge fake news. I am Brazilian, lived amazon for five years. Brazil protect a lot the Amazon. The Amazon belongs to Brazil for 5 hundred years and the Amazon is still there, big and strong. All you see nowadays about Amazon is more about politics than the Amazon preservation.

There are strong laws in Brazil to protectec the Amazon. No law was changed. Bolsonaro cant to anything alone. Stop spread fakenews CNBC!

Reply
User

Prabin Hudeo Maharjan

Who the fuck calls it the lungs of the earth?
Its a false statement

Reply
User

TricaGamer

Is burning because farmers are putting fire on the forest

Reply
User

The Portillo Cousins

Listen to the 16 year old Greta guys she is right about us

Reply
User

The Portillo Cousins

What if hell found a way out and the fire from there is touching trees which made the Amazon burn?

Reply
User

Bhaak Saala

People sitting in their Air Conditioned homes r lecturing Brazil to stop Amazon fire, what an irony!! First u deforested ur own country and now u want Brazil to stop its economic growth so that that the mess u created can be cleaned🤔 Go Brazil, don't let these hypocrites dictate u about ur internal issues. If these countries r so concerned then they should pay the people of Brazil for their service to the environment. Either pay or die, no other way.

Reply
User

Ankit

Nature Is Causing Damage to itself.. Because Humans Have tortured them more than enough

Reply
User

Krishna Punnani

Can u make a video on india how nation feel into hands of politicians N how thousands of freedom fighter sacrifice gone in vaine

Reply
User

Rani Singh

Well What I think is that Amazon is a Brazilian territory, and what they ultimately aims by doing this is to improve their economic status. So I say world should pay revenue to Brazil for protecting their forest.
(Just an Opinion)
Hit a like if u agree

Reply
User

Brian J Malmsteen

I guess we ALL have to start planting trees!

Reply
User

T Mufti

…… fire.

Reply
User

Radha Krishna Ramagiri

We all make money to buy pussies, you guys enjoy free and beautiful rides everyday why do you need money for ? Brazilian brothers.

Reply
User

Michaellas Felixis

The Brazilian president is guilty.
He should be put into prison

Reply
User

Debabrata Sahoo

Some bad people behind the Amazon burning case

Reply
User

Asif Rahman

Get a detailed video on this topic ; its harsh reality

Reply
User

Cong Bui Van

if you can't sacrifice your manufacturing, and concrete things for your own green lungs, i think it may be the good time to share the responsibility with countries like Brazil for helping you a good breath while have to be slowing them down on their race of economic development with you guyS,. or if you couldn't make it, please be quiet.

Reply

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *