Like many people, what is currently happening in the Amazon rain forest region is of significant passion and concern for me. I thought starting a thread may be in order so that members can post their concerns and news and perhaps discuss potential solutions to this vexing global issue. Climate change, deforestation, agricultural burning, indigenous rights, national economics etc make for a very complex issue. One thing we can be almost certain of, is this issue will effect us all. What inspired this particular thread though is a very recent article published in our Australian national media SBS. The article discusses the range of dynamics involved in this very special part of the world and how the destruction of this rain forest could becomes: self sustaining, counter productive to limiting climate change, actually driving climate change. The article: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/it-s-really-close-how-the-amazon-rainforest-could-self-destruct Excerpt: Climate change, along with the fires and other man-made forces, appears to be on the verge of triggering a significant change in the Amazon’s weather system. No one knows for sure whether and when this might happen, though some scientists who study the Amazon ecosystem call it imminent. If it does happen, a body of research suggests, the Amazon as a whole would cross a tipping point and begin to self-destruct - a process of self-perpetuating deforestation known as dieback. Is there anything we can do as individuals or collectively? Care to discuss or post news etc..?