Should Brazil be allowed to make the choice to cut down its own trees, even if it has serious climate impacts?
- ElizabethLv 78 months agoFavourite answer
The atmosphere is composed of about 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% other gases including carbon dioxide. Since plants produce oxygen by photosynthesis which involves them taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, how could the Amazon be responsible for 20% of the oxygen we breathe?
20% of the 21% oxygen composition of the atmosphere is about 4%. So the Amazon would be producing 4% of the atmospheric composition by using less than the 1% that is CO2 as fuel for its photosynthesis! Unless the Amazon is transmuting elements in nuclear processes it absolutely is not producing 20% of the oxygen we breathe. This is a myth. It actually has almost zero impact on oxygen levels.
What it does do is sink CO2 which reduces the warming impact, and is important in stabilizing rainfall patterns in the region. Plus it is the most biodiverse region on the planet, and home to millions of species.
It should be protected for future generations because we share the planet with other life. Cutting it or burning it down for short term economic gains is shortsighted and Brazil has a responsibility to look after it. If they don't, we can't stop them ... but we don't have to buy products from Brazil if we disagree with their actions.
- CowboyLv 68 months ago
They're cutting down trees to raise cattle for sale in the US - it's where we get most of our beef. If you want to nip personal choices, talk to the food industry.
- SagebrushLv 78 months ago
Do you know what the word 'sovereign' means? If you do, then you would know the answer. For those of you who don't know the meaning of 'sovereign' the answer is yes.
- BBLv 78 months ago
Brazil is a sovereign nation...so yes.
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- JimZLv 78 months ago
Short of going to war, how would you stop them? You might pay them to put them aside for parks but that isn't permanent. Many of the trees they are cutting down are to reduce their CO2 emissions. They have been planting bio fuel crops as they cut down forests. If we paid Venezuela to not cut down their forests and a scum bag like Hugo Chavez took power, he'd just nationalize everything and do what he wanted. Maybe there are ways to coerce Brazil to save more of their forests but I agree that we need to sweeten the pot to help them save it. Their forests won't have global climate impacts. That is just a myth. Their real value is that it would be a real shame to lose those forests for future generations, all for some short term gains.
Cowboy suggests that we get most of our beef from Brazil. That is wrong as is typical from alarmist's answers. It is based on nothing but gibberish. The US consumes 26 billion pounds of beef a year and imports 157 million from Brazil.
He is right that many rain forests are being torn down and replaced with cattle ranches. That is happening at a very high rate in Central America.
- Bubba GubbinsLv 78 months ago
- ThornLv 78 months ago
No. It's a crime against humanity and all life on the planet
- Anonymous8 months ago
The world should chip in to preserve the Amazon rainforest, it's too precious to lose
- TardisAndTheHareLv 78 months ago
The world should pay Brazil to keep it as a forest/park. Brazil should not have to bear the brunt of ecology for the whole world and suffer unemployment instead of industrializing. Other nations should allow Brazilian factories to locate in their country, but that would employ foreigners. Brazilian citizens should be able to work in any nation (walled or not). Other nations should let Brazilian factories use methods to curb pollution. The US has stringent pollution laws, but turns a blind eye to the pollution of other nations. For example, most of the oil produced in Alaska has too much sulfur to use in the US, so the US sells this oil to other nations (which pollute the world's air), and this has the effect of bringing down the price of oil around the world. The UN should "suggest" such changes and have committees studying these issues.
- The TaxpayerLv 78 months ago
Sure. They could say the same about your usage of fossil fuel.