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This is a very big deal.

Perhaps the activists can now turn their attention to re-forestation.


65-70% of deforestation in the Amazon is due to cattle ranching which includes raising soybeans for feed. Small scale subsistence agriculture is 20-25%. Large scale commercial agriculture is another 5-10% with logging another 2-3%. Finally under "other" we have Fires, mining, urbanization, road construction and dams that combined total 1-2%. Shouldn't we look at the biggest problems first rather than the "don't look behind the curtain, look over here at the birdie in my hand"? Of course with current politics being a game of distracting from facts maybe we should tear down all the dams and build some walls and aircraft carriers instead? Whole thing reminds me of blaming pipelines for the SUVs and coal plants people drive and get power from that cause the majority of the pollution.

Tim <patience my ash, I wanna kill something>

Causes of deforestation in the Amazon
Cattle ranching 65-70%
Small-scale, subsistence agriculture 20-25%
Large-scale, commercial agriculture 5-10%
Logging, legal and illegal 2-3%
Fires, mining, urbanization, road construction, dams 1-2%
Selective logging and fires that burn under the forest canopy commonly result in forest degradation, not deforestation. Therefore these factor less in overall deforestation figures.
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