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As the Earth’s lungs are on fire. They are able to burn.
Some version of what has been said by politicians, journalists, celebrities and members of the public since the devastating blazes began to invade the brazilian rain forest more than two or three weeks ago.
Almost all of the oxygen in the air is produced by plants through photosynthesis, and because a large amount of photosynthesis that happens in places like the Brazilian rainforest, which is a claim that has gained traction.
AMAZON FIRE: BY THE NUMBERS
There is a fire in the highway margin of the city of Porto Velho, Rondonia state, to be a part of the brazilian Amazon, on Sunday (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Even though the fires are a danger to the great bio-diverse area, some of the experts are now offering a different view, saying that they do not pose a threat to the planet’s oxygen supply.
According to Scott Denning, professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, for example, the majority of the oxygen produced by photosynthesis each year is consumed by the fire, and living organisms, trees are shedding dead leaves and twigs, which, in turn, eventually, to the feeding of the insects, and bacteria.
Forest plants produce lots of oxygen, and a bunch of microbes that consume a lot of oxygen. As a result, the net production of oxygen by the forest, and, indeed, in all land plants — it is very close to zero,” Denning explained on Tuesday, in a Scientific American essay.
AMAZON FIRE: WHY IS THE RAINFOREST AND BURN IT?
Shanan Peters, a geologist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison thought about what would happen if we burned any wood, leaf, grass, bacteria, and dead bird on the Planet-basically, everything that is, except the human being, in a presentation at a scientific conference in the month of June.
After such a catastrophic scenario, the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere fell from 20.9 percent to 20.4 percent, according to The Atlantic.
“With virtually no change,” Peters said. “Generations of people would live out their lives, and the breath of the air around him, probably checking for food, but it is not concerned with their next breath.”
SATELLITE IMAGES OF THE AMAZON IS BURNING, IT SHOWS A HUGE CONTAMINATION PLUME
View of a burned forest area in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon region, on August 27, 2019 at the latest. (JOAO LAET/AFP/Getty Images)
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As Denning observes, in his treatise, the small phytoplankton in the ocean generates half of the oxygen produced around the world.
“The fact that the increase in deforestation is threatening some of the most bio-diverse and carbon-rich landscapes on Earth, is reason enough to oppose it,” Denning concludes.