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But for current Amazon fires, we want to know: not just the number of fires (for which the NY Times has quite a different number than Global Fire Data, which is shown above). . . .but instead: What is burning?
However, that is not true, according to a brave journalist — Alexandria Symonds — at the NY Times. She reports:
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“Natural fires in the Amazon are rare, and the majority of these fires were set by farmers preparing Amazon-adjacent farmland for next year’s crops and pasture.
Much of the land that is burning was not old-growth rain forest, but land that had already been cleared of trees and set for agricultural use.”
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Our brave journalists skates close to the dangerous edge of violating Editorial Mandates by telling readers:
“Did climate change cause these fires, and how will they affect climate change?
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These fires were not caused by climate change. They were, by and large, set by humans. However, climate change can make fires worse. Fires can burn hotter and spread more quickly under warmer and drier conditions.”
The news channels, newspapers, news sites and the Twit-o-verse are full of “the Amazon is burning!” some of this was covered in here as “Amazon Fire History Since 2003” by Les Johnson on August 23.
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Years ago, I asked the question “What Are They Really Counting?”. Always an important question when figures are being thrown about and talk is of scary numbers or records set or the numbers being scandalous. Nice numbers . . . but what are they really counting?
Here’s the number of fires:
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This year, 2019, as of 21 August, is running a hair below 2016. There are two years since 2003 higher.
But for current Amazon fires, we want to know: not just the number of fires (for which the NY Times has quite a different number than Global Fire...
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