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(Telegraph)   Huge increase in Amazon deforestation, Super Saver shipping limit   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 20
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2013-11-15 03:12:10 PM  
Nuke the Rain Forests
 
2013-11-15 03:12:30 PM  
I have Amazon Plus, so my trees always arrive within two days.
 
2013-11-15 03:19:40 PM  
I thought the Kindle was going to save the Amazon rainforest
 
2013-11-15 03:25:58 PM  
www.hempadvocates.org

/SERIOUSLY
 
2013-11-15 03:37:34 PM  

phillydrifter: [www.hempadvocates.org image 320x240]

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So you want them to cut down the rainforest to make room for growing hemp?
 
2013-11-15 03:40:23 PM  

The Kitchen Ninja: phillydrifter: [www.hempadvocates.org image 320x240]

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So you want them to cut down the rainforest to make room for growing hemp?


Yanomami Red, it will split your mind wide open.
 
2013-11-15 03:42:54 PM  

phillydrifter: [www.hempadvocates.org image 320x240]

/SERIOUSLY


Actually, for paper and cloth products, I'd rather go with bamboo. Not many plants can grow two feet in a day.
 
2013-11-15 03:54:09 PM  
Wait, didn't we just get a story last week about how the rate of Amazon deforestation has never been lower?
 
2013-11-15 03:58:16 PM  
The problem with cutting the rain forest is that it is being replaced with grazing land for cattle that go for things like McDonalds and Burger King.

However, the soil isn't right for plants that grow on grazing land. After a few years the nutrients get depleted and new land has to be cleared. Even worse, the rain forest doesn't return to the land that had been cleared. It's a crappy, crappy use of natural resources.

/or at least that's what i was told years ago by my college professor
 
2013-11-15 03:59:45 PM  
I was attending a blacktie gala to help save the rain forest this weekend, but unfortunately my contractor hasn't finished my nyatoh hardwood floors and rustic cabinets so it looks like I'll be staying in and supervising them instead.
 
2013-11-15 05:26:32 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Wait, didn't we just get a story last week about how the rate of Amazon deforestation has never been lower?


Those research grants don't grow on trees, ya know.
 
2013-11-15 06:01:51 PM  
sorry, I wanted to get my last order in before they started charging tax in MA.
 
2013-11-15 11:02:37 PM  
Oh well.......welcome to progress
 
2013-11-15 11:44:45 PM  
"Fark the trees. Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do."  ~Rand Paul
 
2013-11-15 11:54:01 PM  

Nightjars: I have Amazon Plus, so my trees always arrive within two days.


They're starting to freak me out.  I ordered something sunday night and it came mid-morning monday.  I hear people are getting same day.  I mean... holy crap.
 
2013-11-16 01:12:04 AM  

SurfaceTension: The problem with cutting the rain forest is that it is being replaced with grazing land for cattle that go for things like McDonalds and Burger King.

However, the soil isn't right for plants that grow on grazing land. After a few years the nutrients get depleted and new land has to be cleared. Even worse, the rain forest doesn't return to the land that had been cleared. It's a crappy, crappy use of natural resources.

/or at least that's what i was told years ago by my college professor


Yeah but what the hell are you going to do with a bunch of rain forest. Clearcut that sumbiatch, grow something that uses up all the nutrients, then when it can grow nothing else salt the earth just to make sure and slap down a cul-de-sac and a strip-mall or a million. Progress!

Why the hell did we conquer nature and the neanderthals if we're not going to despoil all the pristine places and use those natural resources* to better our** lives.

* - dibs!
** - by our I mean mine. Screw you, we defeated socialism fair and square. Suck it!
 
2013-11-16 06:50:44 AM  

Bacontastesgood: Nightjars: I have Amazon Plus, so my trees always arrive within two days.

They're starting to freak me out.  I ordered something sunday night and it came mid-morning monday.  I hear people are getting same day.  I mean... holy crap.


I ordered a coffee maker Sunday night with standard 3-5 day shipping and it got to my house Tuesday afternoon.  Most other places don't even get the item shipped in 48 hours, let alone delivered.  I live in a small town no where near an Amazon distribution center or even an airport.  I'm not sure how they do it, but I like it.
 
2013-11-16 07:07:01 AM  
And of course large scale changes in the fauna and flora of the planet will not affect the climate IN ANY WAY. Especially getting rid of trees on the equator where they provide a cooling effect through transpiration. NO EFFECT AT ALL.
 
2013-11-16 10:50:54 AM  

dready zim: And of course large scale changes in the fauna and flora of the planet will not affect the climate IN ANY WAY. Especially getting rid of trees on the equator where they provide a cooling effect through transpiration. NO EFFECT AT ALL.


~~28 per cent increase in the rate of Amazon deforestation over the past year

Wow...that sounds really bad...until one digs down into the article to discover that the current rate of deforestation is down 80% from a decade ago. Moreover, to put the loss rate in a perspective easier to relate to that 2,256 square miles is to the 3.3 million square miles of the Amazon jungle what cutting down 1 acre is to a 1463 acre forest...more than 2 square miles. One acre out of more than two square miles? Come on...you can't even see that.

Furthermore, when Francisco Orellana traveled down the Amazon in 1542, he encountered tens of millions of natives, all lustily slashing and burning the forests around their vast villages before moving on in a few years. As much as 20 percent of the Amazon jungle may have been directly affected at any time.

The bottom line? Quit wringing your hands. It makes you look like a ninny. The Amazon isn't in any real danger.
 
2013-11-16 11:32:12 AM  

Baryogenesis: I ordered a coffee maker Sunday night with standard 3-5 day shipping and it got to my house Tuesday afternoon.  Most other places don't even get the item shipped in 48 hours, let alone delivered.  I live in a small town no where near an Amazon distribution center or even an airport.  I'm not sure how they do it, but I like it.


Yeah, I want to like it, but it does creep me out a little.  I keep getting these visions of Amazon workers on third shift with shock collars and mandatory minimum walking pace.  Any amazonians want to chime in?  There must be a million of yallz by now.
 
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