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Amazon Rainforest Fires

The Amazon Rainforest continues to burn as more than 80,000 fires have been detected by Brazil in the first eight months of 2019. 

This is the highest number of fires Brazil has seen since 2010, which reached over 125,000 fires. A quote from CNN reported, “The number of fires in Brazil this year is the highest on record since 2013 and is up by 85% from last year alone”. Many areas of Brazil have reached up to over 100% increase of fires.

Causes of the fires

Some causes of these fires can be narrowed down to Brazil’s dry season and fires being used to clear out areas for farming purposes. July and August of this year have been the driest for brazil. 

Along with dry weather, fire is being used to clear sections of the Amazon for farmland. Christian Poirier from Amazon Watch says, “the vast majority of the fires can be attributed to humans”.

Consequences of the fires

Due to the amount of fires, there has been a carbon monoxide bloom in nearby areas of the Amazon rainforest. This amount of carbon monoxide directly contributes to the lack of rainfall in the Amazon. 

Alongside lower amounts of rainfall, climate change is also being affected. BBC reported, “The carbon emission could contribute to global warming, but the longer term global impact is more difficult to pin down”. 

Who is taking action?

President Bolsonaro has reached out to the armed forces to help this situation. Many believe Bolsonaro isn’t doing enough to stop the fires in Brazil.

France tried to step in to help before being shut down by Bolsonaro. BBC reports, “France’s President Emmanuel Macron even threatened to scrap a huge trade deal between the European Union and South America as a result”.

Articles Used:

Huskers down two players after incident (news comment)

Bad news strikes the Nebraska Cornhuskers as two of their players have been indefinitely suspended from the team. The two players, Andre hunt and Katerian LeGrone, were redshirt freshmen expecting to see the field this year before the suspension. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters didn’t give any reasons for the suspensions.

This article was very short but was simple and to the point. It gave all the information that was given and didn’t use any bias against the players or University. This helps the readers have their own view points instead of being told how to feel.


Violent video games under fire by media yet again (news comment)

Violent video games have been under fire by the media lately for “causing violence in our communities and fueling aggression”. That accusation raises many questions from gamers, developers, and parents of gamers, do they actually lead to violent people? The article states, “There’s no science proving a link between video games and real-world violence”. There have been studies proving that violent video games can make people aggressive, but this doesn’t make people commit atrocities.

            This article does a good job of staying non-biased by supplying the facts and making the reader form their own opinions. Before reading this article, I had a preconceived opinion over violent video games so I agreed heavily with the results of the article.


The One and Only, Zac Hazen

What do you think of when you hear the name Zac Hazen? Maybe you think of a cool guy who’s down to earth and understanding. Maybe you think of a Morningside track star. Well, Zac can be summed up by that and many more activities that he’s involved in. Zac was born in a town called Vertigre, NE where he was the second youngest of two brothers. While growing up in Vertigre, Zac learned how to skate and play many sports such as track, football, and wrestling. From there he decided to continue his education and track career at Morningside College. To this day he enjoys skating, eating Asian food, and the color green. Zac truly is a one of a kind guy.

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