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Amazon Tipping Point

Robert Tindall says in The Jaguar That Roams The Mind:

The Amazon has reached the tipping point. If the incursions go much deeper, according to scientists such as Thomas Lovejoy, the system will begin to collapse upon itself and this will not be gradual. It will be exponential, accelerating so rapidly some of us may see the death of the greatest forest on the planet in our lifetime"

"Paradoxcally, while disasters like Exxon Valdez continue to receive media scrutiny years after that event, a near total blackout of coverage exists for current catastrophes in the Amazon that dwarf the ecological consequences of the Alaskan oil spill."


"Texaco/Chevron dumped 18 billion gallons of toxic waste, including more pure crude than was spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster...into rivers...that 6 indigenous tribes drank and washed in and fished in....prompting legal scholars to suggest that Texaco/Chevron should be charged with genocide under international law."

Tindall points out that 20% of the oxygen we breathe and 50% of our rain comes from the Amazon. The Mississippi is already experiencing a massive drought. So, we are killing ourselves when we destroy the Amazon or its indigenous peoples which are its best protectors.

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