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Despite Al Gore's claim, CO2 is not a pollutant...

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Despite Al Gore

    Since the EPA decided that CO2 was an environment pollutant worthy of intense regulation, and the SCOTUS allowed them to do so despite what the law says, we have all been at the mercy of their draconian attempts at requlation and their total lack of understanding of the real world. Well, it seems they may have been even more wrong that was previously obvious.

    The attached article shows that Carbon, in the form of carbon dioxide, is in fact a limiting factor in the growth of life on the planet. Increasing the total amount of carbon in the environment allows more life and even allows for the reversal of desertification around the world. So much carbon has been sequestered around the world for so long that by releasing some of it from its reserves (coal, gas, oil, methane hydrates) that the carbon release serves as a fertilizer for life around the globe.

    Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Cause Desert Greening, Satellite Observations Reveal

    Jul 9, 2013 by Sci-News.com

    According to new research reported in the Geophysical Research Letters, increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) over the past three decades have caused an 11 percent increase in green foliage over the globe’s arid regions through a process called CO2 fertilization.

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    “In Australia, our native vegetation is superbly adapted to surviving in arid environments and it consequently uses water very efficiently. Australian vegetation seems quite sensitive to CO2 fertilization,” explained study lead author Dr Randall Donohue from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia.

    “This, along with the vast extents of arid landscapes, means Australia featured prominently in our results.”

    “While a CO2 effect on foliage response has long been speculated, until now it has been difficult to demonstrate.”

    “Our work was able to tease-out the CO2 fertilization effect by using mathematical modeling together with satellite data adjusted to take out the observed effects of other influences such as precipitation, air temperature, the amount of light, and land-use changes.”

    The fertilization effect occurs where elevated CO2 enables a leaf during photosynthesis, the process by which green plants convert sunlight into sugar, to extract more carbon from the air or lose less water to the air, or both.

    If elevated CO2 causes the water use of individual leaves to drop, plants in arid environments will respond by increasing their total numbers of leaves. These changes in leaf cover can be detected by satellite, particularly in deserts and savannas where the cover is less complete than in wet locations.

    “On the face of it, elevated CO2 boosting the foliage in dry country is good news and could assist forestry and agriculture in such areas; however there will be secondary effects that are likely to influence water availability, the carbon cycle, fire regimes and biodiversity, for example,” Dr Donohue said.

    “Ongoing research is required if we are to fully comprehend the potential extent and severity of such secondary effects.”

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    Bibliographic information: Randall Donohue et al. Impact of CO2 fertilization on maximum foliage cover across the globe’s warm, arid environments. Geophysical Research Letters, article published online June 19, 2013; doi: 10.1002/grl.50563
     
  2. wireguy

    wireguy TS Member

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    An 11% increase is huge. I'm sure the greenies can find some way to twist this into a negative.
     
  3. darr

    darr Well-Known Member

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    What do you mean find a way? They twist the truth everyday. All the while the public sets in the nest with their mouth wide open like a hatch of starlings waiting for whatever the press will drop down their throat and then swallowing every bit of it.


    Darr
     
  4. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Cutting down the rain forest leaves a lot of CO2 for the greenies to wail about.

    If you don't like the stuff plant more trees.

    HM
     
  5. R.Kipling

    R.Kipling Well-Known Member

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    The is very good news. Now we can start charging the arid world a CO2 tax for greening. The Saudi's and Egypt should be first on the list. Northern Africa, don't laugh, you're next! All the money collected could be given to the poor descendants of slaves and other downtrodden the liberals can think up. That's their motivation.

    Kip
     
  6. Shooting Coach

    Shooting Coach Well-Known Member

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  7. Johnny

    Johnny Well-Known Member

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    BnO, that is one potential result in one country. What about the last line:


    “Ongoing research is required if we are to fully comprehend the potential extent and severity of such secondary effects.”
     
  8. shannon391

    shannon391 Active Member

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    Liberals only plant bumper stickers, not hard working enough to actually buy some land, dig holes and plant trees.
     
  9. BT-100dc

    BT-100dc Active Member

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    Don't we exhale CO2? BT-100dc
     
  10. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Why, yes, BT-100dc. We must have an Exhale Tax now. For the chiiiillllldren.