Statistic of the decade

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As this decade comes to a close we ran across an interesting statistic produced by the Royal Statistical Society in the UK. In fact it was the societies statistic of the decade and one that is nothing to write home about-deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
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The estimated accumulated deforestation of the Amazon being equivalent to around 8.4 million football pitches or about 24,000 square miles. In a decade!

A recent article in the Conversation provides further insight into this statistic describing some of the more obvious consequences of this deforestation and rebutting arguments that conversion of the rainforest to ranching, resource extraction and farming is required for economic benefits of nations and the people within those nations. In fact there is data to suggest that if left alone the economic benefits of the amazon rainforest outweigh its destruction for short-term profits. However, another recent article suggests the worst is yet to come in the deforestation of the Amazon. With the cost of  reforestation at over $2,000 an acre cost alone, not to mention political forces, make restoration less likely day by day.rae_8

The amazon rainforest has been called the lungs of the earth breathing in carbon dioxide and stabilizing the earth’s climate and exhaling oxygen-oxygen that fuels life animal life in all its myriad forms.

  • One in ten known species on our planet including over 2,000 species of animals and probably more plant species than can be counted.
  • Half of the earths remaining tropical rain forests.
  • Over 4,000 river
  • Over 2.6 million square miles.

A grim statistic to have won the honor of statistic of the decade but one we ought to heed as we move forward into the next.

It is hard to appreciate this fact for us living far from the Amazon in places already striped of natural landscapes.  However, when we drive past a once fertile farm field just down the road now being plowed over for a new round of strip malls we get an inkling of what the future holds. A planet impoverished for the enrichment of a few, until it all falls apart.

Perhaps the statistic of the next decade in 2030 will something like this “the decade humanity work together to solve the climate crisis for the good of all”.I know it’s not really a statistic but we will be able to quantify the results and turn that into the next statistic of the decade.

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like tentacles

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There are times when it feels like the limbs of trees are reaching out like tentacles not to capture you but draw you in to the forest. To spend some time and keep those old trees company.

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To do a little dance and move through the forest without noise.

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To summon you up into the tree tops and breathe in the air.

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just like tentacles.

We are responsible for protecting what is left

http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07183-6

The article above shows that 70% of the remaining wild lands in the world are contained in just five countries. Those of us who live in any of those five countries need to take action in any way we can to help protect those remaining wild lands.  Life depends on it.

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Wildlands Network, and the Half Earth Project are just a handful of organizations working to preserve what is left of the wonderful planet. Please consider supporting any organizaiton you find in your country that is working to support conservation of wildlands.

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Sometime life is sharp and crisp and sometimes soft and gooey. The endless patterns in which life arranges itself is a marvel to enjoy. Yellow Fungus enjoying a moist afternoon in the temperate rainforest of the Pacific Northwest. Vancouver Island, CA.