Yes, we all read it in the media. The Amazon Rainforest (aka the “Lungs of the World”) was blazing away at an unprecedented rate. Reports Kyle Sammin in the Federalist, 20% of the Amazon rainforest was being destroyed by humans, according to the press.
Only It Was Not True
As The New York Times noted in an even-handed article on the subject, the land being burned had mostly already been cleared years earlier. To the extent there were a bunch of fires — and there were — it was roughly in line with the fires of the last decade. Deforestation was way down from decades past, and that remained true in 2019. Even those well-worn claims about the Amazon being particularly important to the world’s oxygen supply were found to be vastly exaggerated.
Trump, Brazil, Great Britain
Read much more from Mr. Sammin, who writes, “Reporting on President Trump has always been bad, but press malfeasance in Brazil and Great Britain show things are only getting worse.”
Read more here.