(Fire in the forest: Piero di Cosimo, Ashmolean Museum)
Kip Hansen at WattsUpWithThat reports that forest fires in the Amazon are less than at the same time in 2016, and praises an article in the New York Times by Alexandria Symonds which gives a clear and fact-based account of what’s happening, noting particularly that most of the fires on the edge of the forest were set deliberately to clear land already planted with crops. She also prints a chart showing that the number of square miles burned has been declining sharply since 2004, and that this year’s loss is less than a quarter of that in the record year of 1995.
Zero Hedge has an article (sourced from Bloomberg) showing that in the past two days there have been five times as many forest fires reported in Angola and the Congo than in Brazil.
And finally, the BBC had an article yesterday with some handy data, showing that, while current fires are worse than in the past few years, “Brazil experienced more intense fires in the previous decade.”
The BBC’s article is credited simply to “the Visual and Data Journalism Team.” Remember that name the next time there are staff cuts at the Beeb.
It seems everyone knows what’s going on except the heads of state at the G7 summit and about a million tv news presenters.