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I thought that a lot of the Amazon basin is seasonally flooded so not much use to fell trees to create cattle space? But then again, for hard wood furniture.Amazon deforestation up 108% in just one year.
With what's happening in the Arctic this summer McPherson could've been too optimistic, although he's now adjusted to just one year left for most humans. I feel like we have at least six years left just a gut feeling combined with extensive knowledge.
The danger there is mercury and the local populations are getting high doses in Brazil, Venezuela and likely elsewhere. I've travelled through the wild cat gold mining area of Venezuela in the late 1990s. Not sure what it would be like today, back then it was decent with lots of civilization to be found in small villages with outposts of liveable hotels and bars for a few a English pence. My ties with Venezuela continue and I've been asked to do some work again for them, but sadly, it doesn't look like they can zero the very small aged invoices they owe.Gold mining.
I imagine that's an awe inspiring sight to see a condor in the wild. I've seen eagles up in the Highlands of Scotland on the train from Glasgow to Fort William. Driving along the roadside next to Lynn Brenig reservoir in North Wales I saw this buzzard sweep across from the woods and was magnificent the wingspan appeared gigantic so close up. There use to be a lot of foxes near where I lived and sometimes I would go for a run across the green belt just as the sun was lowering before sunset and you would see the foxes out and sometimes I would stop and from a distance we would look at each other waying each species up. Another time I was walking across a barley field not long before the harvest and I firghtened a hare that was hidden in front of me, and it frightened me too, it spurted across the full length of the field in what seemed like nothing short of milisecond and was flying above the barley and then dissapearing below and the back again spurting across the field. Truly magnificent.Another story of interest was that a California condor chick hatched in Utah and looks as if it may survive. When they put California condors in a captive breeding program, there were only about 30 of them left. Today there are about 500 of these magnificent birds soaring over the American West. I saw a couple of condors while I was in prep school in the 1950s. They were a most impressive and memorable sight. I also had a curious experience about 30 years ago. I was testing guns west of Palmdale, California, when an enormous bird sailed overhead. I knew it couldn't be a California condor, as they were all in captivity at this time. It seemed too large to be a golden eagle, so I was baffled. It turns out it was an Andean condor. A few had been released in parts of California to see how they would fare. I guess the experiment turned out favorably since many California condors have been released since then.
Obviously, cats are not the whole problem, but they are among the most efficient killing machines that nature has evolved. Moreover, they don't just kill to eat, they are wanton killers who love to kill merely for sport. Consider this: If there are in fact, as estimated, 100 million feral cats in the USA and they each kill only10 birds a year--a ridiculously low estimate--that's a billion birds right there! And that's not even counting the many, many millions of non-feral housecats that take a toll on birdlife.Only a real idiot would think cats are to blame.