Brazil gets dehydrated because we are losing the Amazon Rainforest

Climate change, Antonio Nobre, Amazon

Deforesting is a big issue for the world. Our ecological footprint causes lack of drinking water, climate desasters like hurricanes and an increasing desert area in South America

The Amazon River is like a heart, pumping water from the seas through it, and up into the atmosphere through 600 billion trees, which act like lungs. Clouds form, rain falls and the forest thrives. Antonio Donato Nobre explains the magic of the Amazon. it’s ‘The Garden of Eden’, and we are destroying it.

What happens is that not only South America is drying up but also the rest of the planet is having serious problems because of deforestation.

Think of water is like blood: It circulates in our body, distributes fresh blood, which feeds, nurtures and supports us, and brings the used blood back to be renewed. In the Amazon, things happen similarly. Until now because Brasil is drying up!

The equatorial region, in general, and the Amazon specifically, is extremely important for the world’s climate. It’s a powerful engine. There is a frantic evaporation taking place here

1,000 liters per tree a day

In a typical sunny day in the Amazon, a big tree manages to transfer 1,000 liters of water through its transpiration. If we take all the Amazon, which is a very large area, and add it up to all that water that is released by transpiration, which is the sweat of the forest, we’ll get to an incredible number: 20 billion metric tons of water. In one day.

The Amazon River, the largest river on Earth, one fifth of all the fresh water that leaves the continents of the whole world and ends up in the oceans, dumps 17 billion metric tons of water a day in the Atlantic Ocean. And the Amazon is doing this for free.

Because of the rainforest, South America isn’t a desert zone

If you look at the world map deserts are organized at 30 degrees north latitude, 30 degrees south latitude, aligned: the Atacama; Namibia and Kalahari in Africa; the Australian desert. In the northern hemisphere, the Sahara, Sonoran, etc. There is an exception, and it’s curious: It’s the quadrangle that ranges from Cuiabá to Buenos Aires, and from São Paulo to the Andes. This quadrangle was supposed to be a desert. It’s on the line of deserts. Why isn’t it?

70 percent of South America’s depends on the Negro river and the Rainforest that flows invisibly above us, also called the ‘Green River‘. This Green River is the hart and lung and so important for the world.

You can see the river covering that region which, otherwise, would be a desert. And it is not. Above the Amazon, there is clean air, as there is clean air above the ocean. The blue sea has clean air above it and forms pretty few clouds; there’s almost no rain there. The green ocean has the same clean air, but forms a lot of rain. What is happening here that is different? The forest emits smells, and these smells are condensation nuclei, which form drops in the atmosphere. Then, clouds are formed and there is torrential rain. The sprinkler of the Garden of Eden.

The forest provides water and seeds, and the atmosphere forms the rain and gives water back, guaranteeing the forest’s survival. Plants release antioxidants which react with pollutants. You can rest assured that you are breathing the purest air on Earth, here in the Amazon, because the plants take care of this characteristic as well.

Deforestation

When there are fires in the Amazon, the smoke stops the rain, it stops raining, the forest dries up and catches fire. There is another fractal analogy. Like in the veins and arteries, the rain water is a feedback. It returns to the atmosphere.

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Motto of Suprabha Seshan (India): ‘Gardening back the biosphere’

 

 

If we could establish forests in those other areas, we can reverse climate change, including global warming. Suprabha Seshan, has a motto “Gardening back the biosphere.”  She does a wonderful job rebuilding ecosystems. World wide we have to do so in order to keep our planet the house of wildlive and future generations.

if there’s no more rain, there’ll be nothing to drink, or to eat?”

We live in ignorance not to see what’s happening and prevent the world for desasters.

The Earth is a statistical improbability. The stability and comfort that we enjoy, despite the droughts of the Negro River, and all the heat and cold and typhoons, etc., there is nothing like it in the universe, that we know of.

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2 Responses to Brazil gets dehydrated because we are losing the Amazon Rainforest

  1. support says:

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  2. Maria Alice van Genne-Bogado Fernandes says:

    Deforestation is asking its share. It is amazing that nobody proposes sound measures to reverse this situation. People talk about the decreasing of the deforestation process, although this year it has increased. Scientists know the benefits of forests. Still, deforestation continues; the burning of the vegetation takes place each year, preventing natural regeneration of the forests; dams and rivers get more and more silted; springs run dry (see what happened with the water springs of São Francisco River. They ran dry for the first time in history, this year!) New technologies must be used, of course, but on the long run, they won’t solve the problem. They will only help us to last a little longer.

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