The big myths behind the Amazon rainforest depletion debunked

You’ve probably heard about the news where the Amazon fires are taking over and about how the forests are “doomed” forever. Well, it turns out that the Amazon rainforest depletion story is not completely true. There are a lot of myths that have been debunked. Carry on reading to find out why you should remain faithful in sustainable innovations which could not only prevent forest fires from taking place, but also to see that the reality around this hot news story is quite different than you might have thought. Both the myths about the fires will be described and some sustainable subsidies will be introduced, which you could apply for right away!

So what’s the truth behind the whole Amazon rainforest mayhem? The myths, together with the subsidies that you could apply for if you’re confident that you’ve got what it takes to help make the world more sustainable, are described below.

1. “The Amazon forest is on fire”:

This is true, but it has a twist to it. We aren’t aware of how much of the virgin Amazon forest (the parts that have never been burned or logged) is on fire. Virgin forests are very resistant to fire normally, but they lose that resistance when severe droughts occur. The Amazon is currently not experiencing a severe drought. 

Expanding on that point, fires in virgin forests are very low to the ground, because of the deep shade and high humidity of the forest interior. As a result, satellites have trouble detecting those fires. 

What is true and what we know is that there is a large area of dead forest that is burning this year. These are parts of forests that were cut down with chainsaws, dried, and are now being set on fire to make room for cattle pasture of crops. 

What can you do as an innovator? Hate seeing this situation in the Amazon? Are you working on an innovative way to monitor fires that are difficult to detect – for instance the burn of the virgin forests discussed above? Submit your idea on our platform or apply for these subsidies now: 

2. “The number of fires in the Amazon this year is unprecedented”:

Utterly false. The number of fires in the Amazon is high, but it isn’t unprecedented. In 2004-2005, about 100,000 fires have taken place between January and August in Brazil and in 2010, about 60,000 fires have taken place, compared to about 50,000 fires this year (The Washington Post). So yes, even though a lot of forest fires have taken place, this year hasn’t marked itself as an utter catastrophic year on that matter. 

What can you do as an innovator? If the statistics make you twitch and if you have a groundbreaking idea to measure the amount of forest fires and to prevent them from happening, then we’re the ones who’d want to sponsor it! Submit your idea on our platform or apply for these subsidies now: 

3. “Amazon deforestation is skyrocketing”:

Also false. While it is true that deforestation is happening, it’s occurring below the historical average. From 1996 to 2005, deforestation in the Amazon has averaged roughly 20,000 square kilometers per year. This has declined by 77% in 2012 through an expansion of the forest area under protection, a suppression on illegal clearing, and through restrictions on farm credit. Right now in 2019, deforestation is increasing, but this occurs very slowly. About 7500 square kilometers are deforested this year, which is 20,000 square kilometers less than in 2004-2005. 

What can you do as an innovator? Are you a born ecologist, GreenTech geek or nerd, or just a nature lover with great ideas to save the (Amazon) forest from becoming depleted further? Look no further and submit your idea on our platform or apply for these subsidies now: 

4. “The Amazon forest is doomed”:

This is false in the near future. The Amazon can be saved if Brazil and other nations cooperate on improving their programs for fighting forest fires and if they re-establish forest cover which has been destroyed. Growing new forests actively and naturally can allow the forest to be restored, consequently reversing negative impacts from deforestation. 

What’s good to hear is that the most damaging fires (burning virgin forests) are also the easiest to put out. The key is to spot these fires very quickly and respond rapidly. This is where innovation comes in! We need to monitor these fires better and act faster when putting them out. 

In the long-term, if droughts become more severe and increasingly frequent due to climate change and an increase in deforestation, it may become almost impossible to prevent a large-scale shift of the Amazon forest to fire-prone vegetation.

What can you do as an innovator? Don’t worry, the war against climate change isn’t lost yet! If you’ve come up with anything which could produce sustainable, renewable energy and which could inspire people to use that instead of non-renewable energies contributing to climate change, then you’re a winner. Submit your idea on our platform or apply for these subsidies now:

The conclusion is that the truth about the Amazon rainforest fires isn’t what the general media thinks it is. We’ve just debunked the myths about the fires and the solutions to the existing problems are there for you as well – namely, subsidies! As an innovative GreenTech entrepreneur, you shouldn’t just sit there and wait for the others to put out the forest fires with their innovations. Act now through pitching us your original way to save the (Amazon) forest fires from depleting precious natural grounds and who knows, perhaps you’ll be the one making the headlines tomorrow!

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