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"Any reader of the New York Times and other mainstream media outlet would be forgiven for believing that fires globally are on the rise, but they aren't," Forbes reported. "In reality, there was a whopping 25 percent decrease in the area burned from 2003 to 2019, according to NASA."
"For the last 35 years, the world has been re-foresting, meaning new tree growth has exceeded deforestation," Forbes continued. "The area of the Earth covered with forest has increased by an area the size of Texas and Alaska combined."
Shanan Peters, a geologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, "wanted to know what would happen to the atmosphere if you burned down not just the Amazon, but every forest on Earth, every blade of grass, every moss and lichen-spackled patch of rock, all the flowers and bees, all the orchids and hummingbirds, all the phytoplankton, zooplankton, whales, starfish, bacteria, giraffes, hyraxes, coatimundis, oarfish, albatrosses, mushrooms, placozoans—all of it, besides the humans."
"the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere dropped from 20.9 percent to 20.4 percent. CO2 rose from 400 parts per million to 900 — less, even, than it does in the worst-case scenarios for fossil-fuel emissions by 2100. By burning every living thing on Earth."
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