Brazil deforestation hits record in April, a level that is double last year: Reuters

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Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon surged to record levels for the month of April, nearly doubling the area of forest removed in that month last year — the previous April record — preliminary government data showed on Friday, alarming environmental campaigners.

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  1. Honestly . . . western eyes cast upon the World when it comes to deforestation is Soo Hypocritical . . .

    The WORST deforestation has happened in Europe !!

    When the Romans conquered France Europe was 80% Boreal forest today 70% of France is Farm Land

    . . . Ya wanna point fingers? . . . START in Europe !!

    Do your Homework BEFORE you go on your rants or go take a good hard look in the mirror . . .

    Total Forest Area in Hectares G-20 Countries

    Rank Country Hectares %

    1 Russia 77,626,020 49%
    2 Brazil 47,769,800 60%
    3 Canada 31,013,400 42%
    4 USA 30,308,900 33%
    5 China 18,210,000 22%
    6 Australia 14,708,320 16%
    7 Indonesia 8,849,500 28%
    8 India 7,784,240 24%
    9 Mexico 7,100,000 35%
    10 Spain 2,830,070 35%
    11 Japan 2,532,030 67%
    12 Turkey 2,167,810 15%
    13 France 1,595,400 31%
    14 Germany 1,131,760 31%
    15 Italy 1,067,360 33%
    16 South Korea 639,400 63%
    17 United Kingdom 286,500 13%
    18 Saudi Arabia 270,000 .5%
    19 Switzerland 124,250 31%
    20 The Netherlands 36,500 11%

    I am SICK of the Hypocrisy !!

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      • It is United Nations Data extrapolated by me . . .

        Global Deforestation

        EUROPEAN HYPOCRISY
        Copyright 2019

        Jim Le Maistre
        Letter to the Editor – Revised, Jan 2019
        Greenhouse gases October 8, 2014
        France’s special envoy for the protection of the planet is in Canada telling us we have ‘a bit of catch up to do’ on greenhouse gas emissions and we should protect our Boreal forests. As a Canadian, I find European ignorance of this matter appalling. For once, if Europeans would put things in a balanced perspective when they look at Canada relative to themselves, they would go home with their respective tails between their legs.
        Canada is the second least populated country per square kilometer in the world. We produce 544,091 tonnes of CO2 and, spread that out over nearly 10 million square kilometers of land, works out to about 5 kg per square kilometer. Meanwhile, France produces 377,000 tonnes of CO2 in a nation of 543,965 square kilometers of land, resulting in 690 kg per square kilometer or a whopping 138 times more pollution per square kilometer than Canada.
        The Netherlands too seems to have something to show Canada about CO2 production. With a population of 16 million people, less than half that of Canada, they produce 173,750 tonnes of CO2 over an area of 33,783 square kilometers: that’s 5,140 tons per square kilometer. By this metric they are the highest polluting country in the world. Even China, the worst total polluter in the world, only produces 3,120 tons per square kilometer. When population density is taken into account, the European nations of about 375 million people are by far the worst polluters in the world, and should not be looking at Canada as unwilling to clean up the environment. We just don’t have as big a problem to solve as Europe does. Why should we follow them?
        Canada’s nearly 4 million square kilometers of trees would fit all of the European countries into them almost twice. If the Europeans want to clean up the world, let them start at home, before they look to others with a pointing finger. Please, also STOP buying Canadian Farmland, planting trees and then using these credits to let your European companies pollute more. This is a scandalous abuse of Canada’s international generosity and the distruction of our limited viable farm land for growing our own food. If you need farm land for trees – buy it in Europe.
        So please Gretta, and all the rest of you Europeans, I know you mean well, but go home and do your homework before you tell us Canadians how to clean up our nation. Recognize first, that the 7 European countries in the G-20 combined, pollute at a rate that far exceeds either China or the USA. Canada has nothing to learn from you.
        Canada, frankly, has nothing to fear, unless, of course, we let our population density match that of the of The Netherlands . . .

        Then Canada would number 5 Billion people . . .
        Rank Country Tons CO2/KM2
        1 The Netherlands 5,143
        2 South Korea 5,119
        3 Japan 3,196
        4 Germany 2,202
        5 UK 2,152
        6 Italy 1,477
        7 India 1,087
        8 Switzerland 978
        9 China 741
        10 France 693
        11 Spain 653
        12 USA 600
        13 Turkey 368
        14 Mexico 241
        15 Indonesia 212
        16 Saudi Arabia 201
        17 Russia 100
        18 Canada 54
        19 Australia 51
        20 Brazil 46
        This chart is probably the most telling of all the analytical tools that we have to compare pollution data. How big is your country, how much pollution do you produce, simply divide one into the other and you have a clear, uncomplicated number? Wow. . . Who would have thought The Netherlands . . . the worst polluting country in the world!

        This is what happens when you put context into raw data. Seven of the top eleven worst polluters are densely populated European countries. Canada and Australia, who are often singled out by international commissions on climate change as laggards on the environmental front, produce one hundredth of the pollution of The Netherlands and one eightieth of Germany or England.

        It is scandalous that on the world stage that these 7 European nations are held up as shining examples of how to clean up the environment.

        These 7 countries would fit inside the USA or China almost 5 times yet they pollute at double the rate of either China or the USA . . .

        We just have never been told . . .

        Total Forest Area in – Hectares

        Rank Country Hectares (sq. km x10) %
        1 Russia 77,626,020 49%
        2 Brazil 47,769,800 60%
        3 Canada 31,013,400 42%
        4 USA 30,308,900 33%
        5 China 18,210,000 22%
        6 Australia 14,708,320 16 %
        7 Indonesia 8,849,500 28%
        8 India 7,784,240 24%
        9 Mexico 7,100,000 35%
        10 Spain 2,830,070 35%
        11 Japan 2,532,030 67%
        12 Turkey 2,167,810 15%
        13 France 1,595,400 31%
        14 Germany 1,131,760 31%
        15 Italy 1,067,360 33%
        16 South Korea 639,400 63%
        17 UK 286,500 13%
        18 Saudi Arabia 270,000 .5%
        19 Switzerland 124,250 31%
        20 The Netherlands 36,500 11%

        This chart presents the total area of each country that is covered by trees. Forests are the best long-term storage place humanity has for removing CO2 from the environment. This is scientifically known as sequestering, or sequestration. Our lakes and oceans do a good job of sequestering CO2 as well, but it is not for 100 or 200 years, like it is with trees. Furthermore, if trees are turned into lumber for construction purposes, the CO2 is stored yet again for another 50 or 100 years, so long as it remains as a component of a building.
        The seven (7) European nations on this list Are about 2 million sq.km. They would fit into Canada’s forests 1.5 times.
        These 7 European nations have by far the worst global record preserving wild animal habitat or natural forests. All the European nations in the G20 have less than 35% forest area. The UK and the Netherlands less than 15%.
        Another scandal brought to us by our ‘leaders’ on the environment, Europe.

        Total CO2 Absorption by Forests (Sequestration)of 15 Tons per Hectare per Year

        Best to
        Worst Country Sequestration % of
        Production
        1 Brazil 716 Million Tons 182.0%
        2 Canada 465 Million Tons 85.0%
        3 Russia 1.16 Billion Tons 68.0%
        4 Australia 220 Million Tons 55.0%
        5 Indonesia 132 Million Tons 32.0%
        6 Mexico 106 Million Tons 22.0%
        7 Spain 42 Million Tons 12.0%
        8 Turkey 32 Million Tons 11.0%
        9 France 23 Million Tons 6.0%
        10 Italy 16 Million Tons 3.0%
        11 Germany 16 Million Tons 2.0%
        12 Switzerland 1 Million Tons 2.0%
        13 South Korea 9 Million Tons 1.70%
        14 Saudi Arabia 4 Million Tons 0.90%
        15 USA 454 Million Tons 0.82%
        16 UK 4 Million Tons 0.70%
        17 India 116 Million Tons 0.68%
        18 China 273 Million Tons 0.38%
        19 Japan 37 Million Tons 0.31%
        20 The Netherlands 547 Thousand Tons 0.30%

        Contribution to clean-up,
        The most impressive
        European Nation
        12 %

        We need to keep up !

        Canada’s Contribution
        85 %
        Plus, oceans
        Plus, tundra
        Plus, lakes & rivers
        Almost carbon -O-

        Let’s Tax Canada now !
        We need to catch up ?
        Why ?

        That’s Politics
        Ask Justin – He knows

        Let’s do a little review – European land consumption, deforestation and wild species extinction – learn from our leaders on protecting the planet . . .

        Very little of the deciduous forest of Europe is left. Long ago most of the forests were turned into agriculture and pastures. At one time Europe was covered with closed deciduous forests of oaks, elms, birch, lime, and alders from as far north as Scotland, Ireland, down to France, most of Germany, and eastward to the Urals. During the times of the Romans, small groups of Germanic tribes cut clearings in the forests to grow crops and raise livestock. In the Middle Ages people began to cut down more of the forest for fuel, agriculture, and fortifications for castles and towns. Huge expanses of the old forests were cut to build cities and ships during the Age of Exploration, when Columbus and Cortez discovered the new world. Today the only natural forests that survive are in Royal hunting preserves, like The Bialowieza Forest, located on the border of Poland and Belarus, one of the largest and best-preserved forests in all of Europe. It still contains some old-growth forest. Trees join to form a continuous canopy, and animals like the European brown bear, foxes, wild cats, wolves and the last remaining herds of European bison can still be found.

        The Atlantic Mixed Forest, with its dunes and heathlands, is located on the western coast of the continent. Average annual temperatures are between 9° and 12° C from north to south. Annual precipitation ranges from 70 to 100 cm. Natural and planted forests of maritime pine grow here as well as mixed forests of oak. Heathlands have replaced many of the original forests. Many of the animals here are widespread throughout Europe, ending up like the red, fallow and Roe deer, the badgers, and martens. Only fragments of the natural vegetation remain. Most of the land has been converted into intensive agriculture, and includes much of the most fertile lands in Europe.

        Central Europe is dominated by mixed broadleaf and conifer forests. It consists of large plains in the middle, hilly lake regions in the north, and upland areas in the south.

        Between 20-25% of mammals and 15-40% of forest birds are listed as threatened today in central Europe. It is unknown haw many became extinct before counting began. The European bison was down to 12 animals when it was rescued from extinction, but today its population is still too small to sustain itself. The lynx is also endangered because it needs a large home range in a remote habitat. Some other threatened mammals are the wolf, steppe polecat, and spotted souslik. Two eagles of the region, the white-tailed eagle, and the greater spotted eagle both need large tracts of undisturbed forests, lakes or rivers, and wetlands. They are threatened by the loss of their habitats, and poaching along their migration routes in the southeastern part of Europe. Other threatened birds include the corncrake, lesser kestrel, and aquatic warbler.
        About 75% of the original mixed forests of Central Europe have been lost, with only 6.3% of the remaining forests under protection. Ninety five percent of these forests are smaller than 10 sq. km. Although more trees are being planted today, they tend to be fast growing Scots pine plantations. These forests can only sustain a small number of plant and animal species, and endemic species are forced out.
        Although there is legal protection in many areas, logging is a common practice in many European national parks. Clear cutting large tracts of land, which are then reforested with a mono-culture of fast-growing conifer, is another threat to plant and animal life. Forest habitats are often split by highways and railroads creating barriers for the movement of wildlife. Hunting also takes place within protected areas. Air, soil and water pollution also are threatening the European deciduous forest biome.

        Oh yes, Canada’s 10 million square kilometers – could swallow Europe 5 times
        We need carbon tax . . . We are 35 million people on 5 times more land
        They are 375 million people on one fifth as much land

        Who decided that being Carbon Neutral Is Not Enough to protect the environment?
        Justin Trudeau and his environmentalist fiends

        Who is going to stand up for Canada?

        Hypocrisy and finger pointing is all the self-righteous Europeans seem to understand.

        Jim Le Maistre
        Aldergrove BC
        lemj@shaw.ca

        copyright 2019

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