If you’ve been reading the MSM over the past few days, you’ve been treated to a barrage of coverage over the fires in the Amazon and how what’s going on is a “massive increase over last year”:
The Amazon is often referred to as "the lungs of the planet." It's home to 10% of the world's species and creates 20% of our oxygen.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 22, 2019
And as we told you, politicians and celebs are really, really concerned. But not so concerned with the truth. . .
As we told you last night, the photo is from 2003:
Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let's discuss this emergency first order in two days! #ActForTheAmazon pic.twitter.com/dogOJj9big
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 22, 2019
There’s just one problem with this narrative. NASA, which kind of started all of this when they posted this photo of the fires from space, said this year’s fires are at or below average “if we look back 15 years”:
But according to NASA, if we look back 15 years this year’s fire rates are at or below average. This really means in past years rates were very bad, not that this year’s rates are good, but it's important context… we were on right track until recentlyhttps://t.co/Qpnjz6TT1C
— Joe Hanson (@DrJoeHanson) August 21, 2019
Weird! It’s a totally normal year for fires but everyone is freaking out? What could it be?
This NASA thing says that the fire activity in Brazil this year is normal. Is there some particular reason this particular bout of fires is getting so much attention? https://t.co/GJZu5GXCfx pic.twitter.com/QneCwe582T
— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) August 23, 2019
Brazil is even using the NASA report to dunk on the alarmists:
Brazil commits a lot of resources to combat forest fires. A recently updated NASA report says that “satellite data indicated that total fire activity across the Amazon basin this year has been close to the average in comparison to the past 15 years”. https://t.co/ME6ezUVtl2 pic.twitter.com/YrWtn1JrSg
— Embassy of Brazil in the USA 🇧🇷 (@BrazilinUSA) August 22, 2019
Emmanuel Macron, celebs BUSTED sharing fake viral photos of the Amazon fires https://t.co/tehFeq5cRI
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 23, 2019