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Greener Pastures

CO2, Carbon DiOxide, green, greenhouse, warming, climate,

There is climate change going on. And some of it is attributable to increasing levels of Carbon dioxide (CO2). 

It is uncontroversial and quite politically convenient to say that — despite Al Gore’s infamous propaganda positing climate change dogma as An Inconvenient Truth. The worldwide “green” movement to “fight climate change” has been supported by trillions of tax dollars and the eager, lip-smacking glee of major media mavens as they trot out story after improbable story, linking every storm, warm spell, cold spell, and summer ice melt to “man-made global warming.”

But there is no real “settled science” as non-scientists like to term the case for anthropogenic global warming, because there are

  1. troubles with the temperature data
  2. difficulties separating weather events from climatic trends
  3. problems identifying CO2 level variations as the cause of climate change rather than as a result,
  4. a certain amount of dunderheadedness using a statistical construct of “average global temperature” to track actual trends, and 

so much more. But we do know about one extremely positive effect of increasing atmospheric carbon: it makes the deserts bloom.

Or, at least, greener.

Six years ago a study of satellite data concluded that arid regions have gone greener. Increased atmospheric CO2 levels makes photosynthesis more efficient, allowing plants to use less water, thereby creating more leaves.

Earlier this year, however, Forbes reported that a NASA study had just demonstrated that expanded agriculture and silviculture in India and China were responsible for most of that greening — but if you compare the Forbes article with the original paper, the CO2 contribution persists. 

Atmospheric carbon is plant food, so to speak, and without it, life on the planet would die.

An awkward truth?

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob. 

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  1. Morgan says:

    It is nice to hear about the latest study on Co2 but I wonder why we are never told some very old scientific information.

    1 The planet has been warming for the last 12 thousand years, and the end of the last Ice age. recently fishermen have dredged up human tools in the bottom of the Dogger Bank between England, and Denmark just 6,000 years ago. It looks as though humans could walk from Denmark to Britain. That can’t be done to today because of the ice melt from the glaciers world wide.

    And then there are warm and cold periods well documented in historic records: the Roman warm period, the dark age cold period, the middle age warm period, the little ice age, and our own warm period. It is clear that the warm periods were a better place for humans that the cold periods.

    Among global warming skeptics there is a little joke. The Vikings were growing wheat in Greenland in the last warm period. Who caused that warming? Viking power and light?

  2. Drifter says:

    As a possible adjunct to this information,Paul, it might be wise to reflect on some of the latest findings, which suggest that CO2 follows the temperature curve, rather than the other way around…cause and effect…reversed. ref. Dr. Patrick Moore

  3. JdL says:

    I like to point out that, according to ice records, CO2 was three times as high when dinosaurs roamed the earth as it is today, and life on earth was thriving. The hysterical desire to keep CO2 levels low today is just that, hysterical. We probably ought to be burning as many fossil fuels as possible.

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