While climate change alarmists spread fear over wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, data from NASA shows there is no reason for concern — or there should have been concern in past years.
From media outlets to politicians, the wildfires have sparked a wave of misinformation and hysteria. The wildfires are so frightening because the Amazon produces 20 percent of the world’s oxygen, they claim. Others alleged the fires could speed up climate change.
Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let's discuss this emergency first order in two days! #ActForTheAmazon pic.twitter.com/dogOJj9big
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 22, 2019
The Amazon forest provides 20 percent of the world’s oxygen and there have been 70,000 wildfires this year alone.
These fires set by loggers could speed up climate change through a feedback loop that emits billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. https://t.co/uEaAuzhtMT
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) August 24, 2019
The Amazon is often referred to as "the lungs of the planet." It's home to 10% of the world's species and creates 20% of our oxygen.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 22, 2019
And even though fires are common, NASA analysis shows that current fire activity is at or below average.
As of August 16, 2019, an analysis of NASA satellite data indicated that total fire activity across the Amazon basin this year has been close to the average in comparison to the past 15 years. (The Amazon spreads across Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and parts of other countries.)
Though activity appears to be above average in the states of Amazonas and Rondônia, it has so far appeared below average in Mato Grosso and Pará, according to estimates from the Global Fire Emissions Database, a research project that compiles and analyzes NASA data.
Also, the forests are being replaced by pastures and croplands, which also do photosynthesis and produce similar amounts of oxygen.
— Dr. Jonathan Foley (@GlobalEcoGuy) August 23, 2019
The 20% figure IS too high. True number closer to 6% as per Jon Foley (@GlobalEcoGuy) and even this is misleading because oxygen levels wouldn't actually drop by 6% if we deforested the Amazon. See the longer thread on this w/ @GlobalEcoGuy, @climatedynamics, me & others… https://t.co/bz8eWPHDhC
— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) August 23, 2019
(Read more from “NASA, Scientists Crush Climate Change Hysteria Around Amazon Fires — Here’s the Truth” HERE)