Temas Blog On Deforestation, Greenland Dump

Just a quick note that Temas Blog has put up two major articles that I’ve been meaning to mention but never did… so now I am…

Deforestation In Latin America & Caribbean: How Bad Is It?

Barbados Greenland Dump: Anatomy Of A Landfill Controversy


Filed under Barbados, Environment

3 responses to “Temas Blog On Deforestation, Greenland Dump

  1. EcoFreako

    Recently I came across a graphic depicting our planet’s entire surface area, all unwrapped from its true sperical shape, and unfurled into one flat picture.
    The first and most obvious thing that struck me
    was the desertification trend running E.N.E. from the entire top of Africa(Sahara)
    over the whole of Arabia, on to Persia(now Iran,excuuuse me)
    on and on until it kinda peters out in the Gobi, of China.

    This is a big trend, planetary-wise.
    And as we speak and ponder this, the Brazilians are busy turning the top bit of South America into similar desert, in the quest for Gold currently at over USD650 per troy,
    land for the landless, human quest for space/food/whatever!

    I’d like to submit the graphic so you guys can mount it for all to see, but have lost your email address (hard drive death)
    I’ve been to your Submissions link above, but didn’t find it terrible useful in this regard,
    so please…an email address so I can send you a telling but sorry picture of increasing planetary desertification.

  2. EcoFreako

    sorry bout dat..found the email…duh
    (not a good morning)

    barbadosfreepress (At) yahoo.com

  3. Ecofreako, I’d also very much like a copy of that graphic. You can send to temasblog (at) temasactuales.com What you’re describing is a phenomenon recognized awhile ago by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which pushed hard for a Convention on Desertification and Land Degradation when, frankly, only Africa and a handful of non-African states felt there was any need/use for it. Nowadays it’s taken more seriously.

    One note, most of the worst deforestation underway in Brazil is not taking place in the Northern Amazon bordering Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, but rather in the middle-west Amazon, primarily Mato Grosso and Para. In the former it’s primarily attributable to pressures from farming — once from cattle-raising, now more from indiscriminate clearing to cultivate the soya cash crop. [With a state governor who’s the world’s biggest soya farmer, one wonders how serious he is about stopping this trend!] In Para it tends to be a mixture of illegal logging ( a recent raid in Para arrested even the head of the local office of the national environment enforcement agency, IBAMA, in an illegal logging scheme!), cattle-raising (hence why I think it is important to scrutinize the IFC loan just given to a cattle/meat giant operating in that region – see my blog post on that), and pressure from human settlements.

    The gold miners, gampeiros, that are screwing up the North Amazon are not “turning it into a desert” so much as they are contaminating it with the mercury they use to extract the gold. It’s hoped that the recent joint effort to create linked (among Brazil, Suriname and French Guiana) preserves in that region, plus some stepped enforcement Brazil is now (finally!) trying, will be able to curb that. We’ll see. My worry is, if someone does not help the smaller countries do likewise, the gampeiros will simply take their rape of the land across to the border from Brazil…
    Best Regards,