The Amazon rainforests in Brazil are the “lungs of planet Earth.”  At any given moment, however, there are literally thousands of fires burning that forest down.  Here’s a map of the current wildfires burning.  (If you look closely at the Earth logo on the cover of 1001 Energy Tips you will see the rainforests burning.) The government of Brazil puts such a premium on growing corn for ethanol that the natives burn down fast swaths of rainforest to plant corn.  The soil is so poor, however, that the soil is depleted after just one or two crops – and it will be a thousand years before that soil will be able to sustain the rainforest ecosystem again.  Unless those fires are stopped and the rainforest is restored, absolutely nothing we can do will change the trajectory of the planet toward ecological obliteration.