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Potty Charles & The Truth About Amazon Fires

September 30, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

One of the things Potty Charles was warbling about in his latest interview was fires in Brazil, an example of climate breakdown apparently:

 

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https://twitter.com/i/status/1310016302896091137

 

You will of course recall a lot of fuss last year about fires in the Amazon. As it turned out, the number of fires there was close to the median, and well below the bad years of 2003 to 2007:

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http://www.globalfiredata.org/regional.html#totals

 

Charles particularly refers this time to the Pantanal, an area of wetland in the Mato Grosso. Here too, however, fires were around average, and again they were much worse in the early 2000s:

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Far from being a wild, pristine environment, the Pantanal is in fact intensively used for agriculture and ranching. According to Wikipedia, the peak period for deforestation was 1978 to 1989.

In any event, global warming has zip all to do with Amazon fires. Most result from deforestation, understory (low intensive fires resulting from controlled burns getting out of hand), and small fires for agricultural purposes:

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https://globalfiredata.org/pages/2020/08/19/deforestation-pushes-2020-fire-activity-above-average-across-the-southern-amazon/

 

Maybe Charles’ military style approach might involve sending in the army to stop the loggers and farmers trying to make a living.

13 Comments
  1. jack broughton permalink
    September 30, 2020 11:37 am

    The essence of the royal family is to attend civil functions, smile, wave and occasionally make a small, irrelevant address to the faithful. The clown prince seems to think that they have something more to offer and thus makes the case for a Republic regularly. Let the tumbrills roll!

  2. September 30, 2020 11:44 am

    This guy is showing as a couple of fries short of a Happy Meal.

  3. September 30, 2020 11:52 am

    And, he’s going to be King at some point. God help us…

    • Gerry, England permalink
      September 30, 2020 12:26 pm

      Charles the Third – the monarch who ended the monarchy.

      • johnrmcd permalink
        October 4, 2020 10:05 am

        Prince Chuckles … you could not make this stuff up.

  4. September 30, 2020 11:55 am

    Good stuff
    Data man makes his move
    Check and mate

  5. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 30, 2020 12:35 pm

    The BBC was starting to go on about Brazil fires again this year but then California made a better story. I haven’t bothered reading them so for all I know they say it’s all OK – pffttt!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-53500288
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-53626544
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-53893161

    Of course many of the UN pressures to ‘combat climate change’, and climate policies implemented in the West, are encouraging more Brazil clearances (i.e. fires) for bio-fuel crops etc.

  6. 2hmp permalink
    September 30, 2020 1:49 pm

    I wonder what Prince Charles’ father thinks of his wild ideas. Probably not printable.

    • Skyman permalink
      October 1, 2020 7:53 am

      Princess Anne has some forthright ideas on his ideas!

  7. dennisambler permalink
    September 30, 2020 3:33 pm

    He was saying similar stuff at the WEF in Davos in January.

    https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/speech/keynote-speech-delivered-hrh-prince-wales-world-economic-forum-davos-switzerland

    “With our SDG [Sustainable Development Goals] and Paris commitments in mind – and the good news is that they are well within our reach if, ladies and gentlemen, we all pull together in a coordinated global initiative to tackle the greatest global threat – I would like to outline 10 practical actions that will drive forward the sustainable markets approach.”

    He might not have read the WEF piece from last year:
    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/09/amazon-indigenous-fire-used-sustainably/
    “As thousands of fires rage across the Amazon, world headlines have highlighted the associated illegal deforestation and international outcry.

    But the implicit categorisation of all these fires as “wildfires” or even just “bad” fires hides the fact that fire is also used sustainably in the region. In fact, for numerous smallholders and Indigenous peoples, it is part of their livelihood and cultural practices.

    The Amazon isn’t one continuous block of lush rainforest as in the Western imagination, but rather a landscape of multiple ecosystems including forest, wetlands and savannas. Indigenous and local communities use fire within these habitats in different ways.

    For example, fire is used in small-scale rotational forest farming where typically half hectare plots are cut, burned and planted for a number of years, before being left to regenerate.

    And in the fire-prone savanna, Indigenous people use fire to drive and trap game such as deer or the pig-like peccary.

    For many Indigenous groups in the Amazon, their entire way of life is predicated on sustainable fire. For example, the Mebêngokrê (Kayapó) people, who live in a remote region of the Brazilian Amazon, use fire to hunt for tortoises.”

    Nice crusty meat pies…

  8. jack broughton permalink
    September 30, 2020 7:37 pm

    Renewable Energy World today have an article purporting to be an opinion poll on willingness to pay a climate tax. They surveyed a representative sample of 1013 US citizens (some representation there), with loaded questions. The response was that 31% would not want any climate tax and 58% would be unwilling to pay more than 1% salary.
    The conclusion reached by REW was that “There is a need for direct involvement of the population concerned”. Brainwashing by the media and loaded questions are not giving the right answer! They should hire the clown-prince.

  9. dennisambler permalink
    October 2, 2020 12:10 pm

    He could just be looking after the family business:

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/17/offshore-wind-auction-could-raise-millions-for-queen

    “Industry experts expect the complex bidding process to raise record sums, which could increase energy bills and hand a windfall to the crown – potentially generating hundreds of millions for the Queen.

    The Crown Estate, which manages the monarch’s property portfolio, holds exclusive rights to lease the seabed around the British Isles for wind and wave power. Its profits go to the Treasury, which then sends 25% back to the royal household in the form of the sovereign grant.

    The sovereign grant was increased two years ago, from its previous level of 15%, in order to pay for extensive renovations at Buckingham Palace. It is to stay at 25% for a 10-year period, meaning the royal household should benefit directly from the money raised from the new leases.

    The Crown Estate does not make its forecasts public. However, if the government’s 2030 target is met, the Queen [or King Charles, or King William] could be collecting more than £100m a year within a decade.”

    • Up2snuff permalink
      October 6, 2020 6:13 pm

      Dennis, thank you for those informative posts, especially the first one.

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