I was waiting for an article like this - I've been through enough new cycles to know that the Amazon hysteria was probably not warranted. Didn't help that people were sharing photos en mass of fires that were very clearly *not* the Amazon lol...
Anyway. Thoughts on this piece? No paywall.
@Elmkast Thanks for sharing this link! I had been low-key freaking out about the Amazon for days. I literally lie awake at night panicking about the planet dying, so stuff like this really gets to me.
Having historical perspective on the scope of this year's fires has drastically improved my mood, thanks.
I wish more news coverage (on all issues!) would include historical context like that chart of fires over time. When reporting something as exceptional at least tell us what the baseline is!
I also wish the environmental movement would celebrate its victories instead of being all-negative all the time.
Like, this: "Deforestation declined a whopping 70% from 2004 to 2012. It has risen modestly since then but remains at one-quarter its 2004 peak."
That's an amazing achievement! Why have I never heard about it? Why aren't we all talking more about what strategies worked so well from 2004-2012 and how to replicate them elsewhere?
@nindokag @Elmkast Some victories to celebrate: https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/01/01/what-happened-to-90s-environmentalism/
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