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THE AMAZON IS NOBODYS LUNG [Video]

Millions of websites and programmes say the Amazon rainforest is the ‘lungs of the world’ – but they are all wrong. The rainforest gives us no oxygen to breathe.

In his brilliant new book NONSCIENCE RETURNS, Professor Brian J Ford explains what really happens. In extraordinary podcast by Bullaki, he explains: ‘When trees grow in the sunshine, they produce oxygen. But that’s only part of the story. When the sun goes down, trees respire, just as you and I do, and they give out carbon dioxide. By the time a tree is fully grown, the average tree contains about a ton of carbon that’s been laid down in its tissues. But what happens then? Trees eventually die of old age.’

All the oxygen given out during the tree’s lifetime is taken in as it decomposes. Says Brian: ‘From a germinating seed to the tiniest speck of the dead …

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Black Friday may dampen efforts to 'support local' amid COVID-19, experts say [Video]

Despite increased calls for Canadians to buy from local businesses this holiday season, experts fear large international retailers will still dominate during Black Friday and Boxing Day events, leading to a surge in small business bankruptcies in the new year.

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Reports of rising retail sales suggest Chinese consumers have shaken off coronavirus worry, but the recovery is by no means complete, and spending that has grabbed headlines masks a deeper malaise