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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 months ago

If Americans hadn't already demolished most of their forests, would the Amazon burning still matter as much? we put it all in one bucket?

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  • y
    Lv 7
    9 months ago
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    It's sort of shocking that all these environmentalist, Really have no understanding about what actually is in north America. Nor the size of their own "rain forest" It really is quit shocking actually.

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  • 9 months ago

    Where'd you get the idea we've demolished most of our forests?

    We have lots of forest in the NW states and Alaska, and plenty of forest in the Appalachians. Oh, and lots of forest in the panhandle of FL where many of our paper mills are located.

    And we exploit those forests. But, a big BUT, we also replenish them so that they are self-sustaining. In fact I've heard it said that the forestry people plant more new trees than trees that are cut down.

    And that, buddy, is not what Brazil is doing. So those oxygen producing trees of the Amazon are gone forever with no replenishment because of greed.

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  • Mike L
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    It would due to the carbon being released, but I like your question.

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  • Nancy
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Of course it would. Also, America hasn't deforested that much of the United States. Some forests were culled for farmland, but most of America's farmland is on plains that never had forests, so the crops produce about as much oxygen as the former grass would've.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Have you ever driven up the east coast on 1-75 or I-81? You'll see nothing but trees for 30 miles at a time.

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  • Troy
    Lv 5
    9 months ago

    The forest in the Amazon is more dense than the forested areas in the U.S. The canopy is there and then they have an amazing diversity of plants beneath the canopy that require less light. Even if the forest of the North covered as many sq. mi. then it would produce less oxygen and sequester less carbon.

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    • Troy
      Lv 5
      9 months agoReport

      A better comparison would be the deforestation of the Congo or of the Indonesian islands for palm oil farms. While still not really comparable in size to the Amazon they would be much closer in density, oxygen output, and bio diversity per area.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Since the 70's, reforestation has been in overdrive. Full, lush forests are mature and growing. Don't be such an alarmist.

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  • 9 months ago

    Yes. It would still matter. The Amazon is almost as large as the ENTIRE United States. And most of the US is desert and plains that doesn't HAVE forests.

    "The biogeographic Amazon ranges from 7.76-8.24 million sq km (3-3.2 million sq mi), of which just over 80 percent is forested. For comparison, the land area of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) is 9,629,091 square kilometers (3,717,811 sq km).

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    There is more forest today than ever in recorded history.

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