The Amazon Forest fire is not the end of the world: OPINION

The phrase of the moment must be ‘lungs of the world’. I can’t say I remember ever hearing it before. And I don’t want to hear it anymore. It makes me cringe.

Thursday, 29th August 2019, 10:49 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd September 2019, 5:53 pm
The Amazon Forest has been on fire for weeks. Picture: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images.

People are using it with reference to the fires in the Amazon. And it’s being branded about all over the place now. 

It’s sensationalism at its best. It’s like if the fires carry on much longer we are all going to start suffocating.

The funny thing is the Amazon isn’t the ‘lungs of the world’. Ocean algae is.

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The whole coverage of these fires is full of misinformation and hysteria.

There are many reasons to be concerned about these fires – weird frogs, carnivorous plants, flying monkeys, as yet undiscovered fish-spider hybrids.

But oxygen isn’t one of them. Nearly all of the oxygen it produces it consumes itself.

As always there are celebrities jumping on the bandwagon trying to get a bit of publicity, people are sharing pictures of charred lizards and politicians are getting their two penneth worth in. No surprise they are using it to score political points.

They’ve been saying things like ‘our house is burning’ and ‘international crisis.’

But is it really? Whose house is it?

Why should we get involved with what happens over in Brazil? It’s their land. If they want to develop it to improve their economy, who are we to chastise them?

I can’t imagine we’d listen to them if they had the hump with something we were doing with our land.

And Europe and North America spent a good couple of hundred years literally chopping trees down all over the place. Maybe Brazil has just chosen the wrong century to do it.

I’m not saying I want to see it burnt to the ground and trees felled everywhere – I don’t. And I’m sure most sensible people don’t.

We’ve all seen the documentaries. We all know about the endangered species and biodiversity.

Conservation of forests and natural wildlife is important.

But it just reeks of hypocrisy when countries in the more developed world get involved in the affairs of other countries when they’ve done or do exactly the same thing.


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The sports news in this country has been dominated by the plights of both Bury FC and Bolton Wanderers.

As us Portsmouth fans know only too well, behind the shambles which has fallen on the two teams is mismanagement on a grand scale and the people running these clubs should have been nowhere near them in the first place.

For example, 43 of the 51 Bury FC owner Steve Dale’s companies have been liquidated. It begs the question how did he even pass the test. You wouldn’t want him running a lemonade stall, let alone a football club! An independent regulator of football needs to be put in place because the current shower is not up to it.


I’ve been there and done that, so don’t get a mullet

I was browsing various platforms on social media like you do and came across an alarming thread that said the mullet haircut is about to make a comeback.

Alarming, because I used to don one in my younger years. I can blame my mum who cut my hair back then, but seeing the photos make an appearance sends shivers down my spine. It wasn’t a good look then and it won’t be a good look now.

Apparently, it’s all to do with the popularity of 1980s themed films and TV shows such as Stranger Things. Even so no one can really be considering such an abomination and anyone thinking they fancy the 1980s classic then trust me when I tell you give it a swerve.