Is the Amazon rain forest really the 'lungs of the Earth' Let's check the facts, shall we?

Mar 2019
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You’ve probably heard a million times or so by now that the Amazon rain forest is the “lungs of the earth” and that the fires there put at risk “more than 20% of the world’s oxygen” supply


Alyssa Milano

@Alyssa_Milano



The Amazon is vital in fight against global warming due to its ability to absorb carbon from air. It’s referred to as the “lungs of the Earth,” as more than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced there.

Deforestation is considered the major contributing factor behind the fires. https://twitter.com/StormchaserUKEU/status/1164174812673130496 …


Emmanuel Macron

@EmmanuelMacron

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


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6:44 PM - Aug 26, 2019


And what should be no surprise to any reasonable intelligent person, they are WRONG! Gasp! Aargh!

The Amazon, like all other ecosystems, produce as much oxygen as they consume, thus their net production is about zero

does the amazon provide 20% of our oxygen?


So let's list all of the lies that the left wingers have spun regarding the rain forest:

There are more fires than any other year.

Nope, according to NASA the number of fires is within the 15 year average.

The Amazon is the 'lungs of the planet"

Nope, the net amount of oxygen is about zero.

The pictures being shared in the media show the current fires.

Nope, most of the photos are at least 20 years old.

Even if all plants, on land as well as at sea, were killed off and then decomposed, the process would consume less than 1 percent of the atmosphere’s oxygen

Man's Oxygen Reserves


Libs, it is time to calm down and pay attention to the facts rather than some hysteria driven narrative.
 
Oct 2014
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The Amazon, like all other ecosystems, produce as much oxygen as they consume, thus their net production is about zero

does the amazon provide 20% of our oxygen?
You're quoting this guy as an expert, right? So of course you'll agree with everything he says about climate change too.

" Human activity (around 90% of which being fossil fuel combustion) has caused this oxygen concentration to drop by around 0.005% since 1990, a trivial amount. In parallel, the same activities have caused carbon dioxide concentrations to rise by by 37 ppm since 1990, or 10%. This is a much more substantial percentage because there is so little carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to begin with, so human activities that emit or absorb carbon dioxide can make a major difference. This is why we need to worry about the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (and its resulting impact on climate), and why we don't need to worry about running out of oxygen."