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Bolivia’s Wildfires Ignored By The BBC

August 25, 2019
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Mr GrimNasty

 

I doubt whether you’ll see this on the BBC:

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Up to 800,000 hectares of the unique Chiquitano forest were burned to the ground in Bolivia between August 18 and August 23. That’s more forest than is usually destroyed across the country in two years.

Experts say that it will take at least two centuries to repair the ecological damage done by the fires, while at least 500 species are said to be at risk from the flames.

The Chiquitano dry forest in Bolivia was the largest healthy tropical dry forest in the world. It’s now unclear whether it will retain that status. The forest is home to Indigenous peoples as well as iconic wildlife such as jaguars, giant armadillos, and tapirs. Some species in the Chiquitano are found nowhere else on Earth.

Distressing photographs and videos from the area show many animals have burned to death in the recent fires.

While the media has focused on Brazil, Bolivians are asking the world to notice their unfolding tragedy – and to send help in combating the flames.

It’s thought that the fires were started deliberately to clear the land for farming, but quickly got out of control. The perpetrators aren’t known, but Bolivian President Evo Morales has justified people starting fires, saying: "If small families don’t set fires, what are they going to live on?"

The disaster comes just a month after Morales announced a new "supreme decree" aimed at increasing beef production for export

https://www.sciencealert.com/it-s-not-just-brazil-s-amazon-bolivia-s-vital-forests-are-on-fire-too

 

Of course, Evo Morales is a socialist, unlike Brazil’s Bolsonaro. But I am sure that had nothing to do with the BBC’s lack of interest in this story!

32 Comments
  1. August 25, 2019 2:03 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.press.

  2. Saighdear permalink
    August 25, 2019 2:51 pm

    OH? missed this one too – an I thought I was up to date with my Sat TV Viewings!
    Huh …. “will take at least two centuries to repair” … Didn’t they say that abou , well now let’s see, ….. IRAQ oilfields, the BRAER oil spillage, Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Exxon Valdez etc …. not to make light of it. but isn’t Nature wonderful & resilient. Even so many NATURAL disasters occur and Life goes on. The Pendulum may NOT SWING back into the same position but it gives other Life forms a chance.

  3. It doesn't add up... permalink
    August 25, 2019 4:16 pm

    They could try burning and converting some of the natural gas that Bolivia has in some abundance. But that would mean supporting industry.

  4. Athelstan. permalink
    August 25, 2019 4:52 pm

    Even wet areas in the Amazon basin are subject to drought, and lightning strikes causing natural conflagration, this is a cycle of nature, as we see across the world, in Australia natural fauna and flora pretty soon repopulate ashen grassland/forest, it’s big but was it man made and the forest – it will come back.

    No need to panic.

    This is another NWO talked up political media confection designed soley by the UN-EU globalists who dislike the Brazilian President, As Paul above says it’s funny that they can ignore fires in one S.A. country but not in another and that tells the WHOLE story, does it not?

    • Up2snuff permalink
      August 25, 2019 8:30 pm

      You are quite correct, Athelstan. What is really scary is that the Science Editor and Science Correspondents at the BBC, also many of the rest of the MSM and the Climate Change NGOs & activists do not understand the science behind much of this and other AGW/CC matters. All they will say in the face of reasoned challenges is “The science is settled.” and “Everyone agrees with it.”

      • Athelstan. permalink
        August 25, 2019 9:41 pm

        “The science is settled.”……………

        BS.

        Groupthink is, the scourge of reason, of actual thinking and antithesis of all logic.

        ‘GROUPTHINK’ is, the final redoubt of the liar, the last gasp false argument of the charlatan and the default mewling of all Commies/ Marxists.

  5. Peter Fieldsend permalink
    August 25, 2019 5:51 pm

    Also a chance for EU to knock some of the small print and price off beef in the recently ratified deal

    • dave permalink
      August 25, 2019 10:32 pm

      Deforestation of the Amazon basin stopped, almost completely, at the beginning of this Century. How many hundreds more fake stories do the cunning eco-fascists have, at the ready, for the gullible to shake and shudder at?

      The general lines of the strategy are clear enough. Whenever some minor disturbance happens it is pretended that, although it was not necessarily caused by CAGW, it is this man-made evil which makes every little disturbance “alarming” – because CAGW has caused the natural world to somehow “go mad.”

      It is also completely clear that the strategy is succeeding beyond the wildest dreams of its initiators; just look at the addled brains of the younger generation in the Western nations.

  6. martinbrumby permalink
    August 25, 2019 11:07 pm

    Great to see Al Beeb has one of their doughty Amazon experts ( he joined Prime 5 months ago) flying around in a Greenpiss plane (hand knitted from Yak wool and powered by a genuine organic rubber band) loudly declaiming that it was Bolsonaro the wicked wot dunnit.

    Morales? Isn’t he one of Saint Greta’s Godfathers? Along with the ‘special’ (backwards) EbaGum, Algorical and other IPCC cult heroes?

  7. August 26, 2019 12:02 am

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    🤔

  8. August 26, 2019 6:13 am

    The fires in Bolivia were mentioned very briefly on the BBC Radio 4 news this morning.

    • August 26, 2019 10:39 am

      Adain briefly in this report:

      Neighbouring Bolivia is also struggling to contain fires burning in its forests.

      On Sunday President Evo Morales suspended his re-election campaign and said he was prepared to accept international help to tackle blazes in his country’s Chiquitania region.
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-49469476

  9. Adam Gallon permalink
    August 26, 2019 9:14 am

    Bolivia ignored, as it has a socialist government, who’s President slapped a tax on those evil oil companies. Brazil has a nasty right wing government, who’s President wants to destroy the rainforest!

    • Curious George permalink
      August 26, 2019 4:39 pm

      President Morales of Bolivia is a darling of media. Country’s highest court has overruled the constitution, meaning Morales can now run for a fourth term in 2019 – and for every election thereafter. The horrible, populist (a Latin word? What would it be in Greek?) Brazilian president Bolsonaro, “Trump of the Tropics” is hated by all progressives. Down with him by any means necessary – usual indulgences for lying are available.

  10. Russ Wood permalink
    August 26, 2019 9:55 am

    I commented on another site, that some of the pictures shown for ‘amazon fires’, unless actual flames are visible, seem to me to somewhat resemble scenes from ‘Attenborough’ style documentaries. Showing the early morning mists in the valleys as the warming causes the trees to transpire!

  11. August 26, 2019 10:22 am

    No one listens to R4Today anymore cos it is constant #Guardianlalaland agenda pushing
    But the Momentum PR team maintain a constant presence under the #R4Today hashtag and claim the prog is a Tory Brexit mouthpiece
    8:08am Gordon Brown was given free rein
    but before that at 7:50am R4 Thought For The Day with Professor @TinaBeattie
    Why isn’t there a world outcry over the Amazon rainforest fires like there was for Notre Dame ?
    Where did she get that agenda ?
    Oh on Aug 22 it was a Greenpeace line

    • August 26, 2019 10:26 am

      She got her scripture wrong as well
      TB “Jesus said that the love of money is the root of all evil”
      Doh The apostle Paul, in his first letter to his young disciple, Timothy, had this to say:
      For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
      Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs

      BTW He N Dame thing was the Fallacy of the False analogy
      Farmers burning last years crops in Brazil is not nice, but not unique,
      it is akin to common church roof stealing, not the unique thing of N Dame’s destruction.

    • August 26, 2019 12:59 pm

      She has engaged me on Twitter
      ..and has accepted the scripture correction
      – On the fires she is holding her ground
      “They happen every year but not on this scale”
      ,by quoting a Canadian newspaper factcheck
      https://globalnews.ca/news/5798570/amazon-rainforest-fire-fact-check

      BTW It contains the line “fires are so large that they can be seen from space”
      That’s drivel cos EVERYTHING can be seen from space,
      it just depends on the camera quality
      .. If they can see your car, then they’ll be able to spot even your garden bonfire.

      • August 26, 2019 2:38 pm

        Correction : It does depend if you mean that an astronaut on ISS can see it with the naked eye, but the newspaper gave no evidence of that.

        I went to look for a debunk of that Canadian newspaper story
        (A Canadian like Clipe might know more)
        but something amazing : when I go to check the journalists tweets I find that she has locked down her Twitter account due to a viral backlash after she tweeted a FAKE photoshopped child with a sign from Pakistan , and labelled it as Indian Kashmir.
        The child has a hidden adult behind him , hence the extra hands

  12. Athelstan. permalink
    August 26, 2019 10:28 am

    Smoke and mirrors,a ruse, a faux crisis (wot again?) Fire, FIre (oh indeed!) monsieur micron must concentrate on summat, else there’s no point to him.

    Brazilian fires, just another chimera to deflect from Louis quartorze and a half’s disastrous domestic electoral flatlining ‘popularity’.

    Read the subtext, know the plot.

  13. Athelstan. permalink
    August 26, 2019 10:35 am

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ECwguYxW4AIuziU?format=jpg&name=small

    It’s mainly controlled fires in cultivate regions.

  14. It doesn't add up... permalink
    August 26, 2019 12:42 pm

    Isn’t there some big conference in New York coming up? I thought the climate Messiah was attending to boot.

  15. August 26, 2019 1:21 pm

    GreenP/XR/Guardian are saying
    – In Siberia alone, in just 2 months, 4.3 million hectares of taiga forest has burnt.

    Bolivia – LBC – Fires have ripped through at least a million hectares in Bolivia.

    I can’t see a source that says how many hectares have been lost in Brazil.

  16. August 26, 2019 1:30 pm

    Everyday when I open a Twitter search page, the page is headed by a story marked “For You”
    It is almost always a story I’m not interested in, cos it pushes a Guardialalalnd agenda.
    today it is “Bolivian President Evo Morales supports international help to fight Amazon fires” with 18 second video
    I suggest that is a sympathetic headline compared to the ones MSM use against Bolsonaro
    https://twitter.com/i/events/1165702796110286848

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      August 26, 2019 4:24 pm

      From BBC:-

      ‘French President Emmanuel Macron has lashed out at Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro for endorsing “rude” remarks about his wife.’

      Macron should know when to keep MUM, and not INFLAME the situation.

  17. helllanebridport permalink
    August 26, 2019 3:28 pm

    I was trying to point out, Paul, that Channel 81 Talking Pictures TV are showing the 1949 film “A boy, a girl and a bike” which is about cycling in Yorkshire in the olden days. A man loves the film so much, he’s identified most of the locations.

  18. helllanebridport permalink
    August 26, 2019 3:29 pm

    On Thursday 29th August at 17:20.

  19. MrGrimNasty permalink
    August 26, 2019 7:56 pm

    ITV news was at it today. Woman reporter flying over burning land which was obviously not virgin rain-forest but grass/scrub/felled areas. The unsubstantiated apocalyptic hyperbole came thick and first. She gave away the reason for the international outrage/interference at the end:-

    “…to bring the Brazilian president into line with the international community…”

    Yep, the message is clear, if you don’t believe in climate change, toe the line, support the agenda wholeheartedly – we will bring you down.

  20. Eric Johnson permalink
    August 28, 2019 3:23 am

    “Experts say that it will take two centuries to repair the ecological damage…”
    Huh?
    Why has no one challenged this, to me, absurd statement?
    Just south of Dr Ball is a volcanic mountain that devastated much real estate (primarily forests) about 39 years ago. The “experts” were shocked (great movie quote!) how quickly the flora and fauna recovered. Gets below freezing a couple months each year, unlike a tropical rainforest.

  21. Rambling Don Trumpo permalink
    August 28, 2019 9:17 pm

    Might Brazil’s greatest sin be the cultivation of crops to produce bioethanol, a potential threat to the subsidies received by the wind and solar energy industries?

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