There is fossil evidence of CO2 starvation at the end of the last ice age, when CO2 levels dropped to below 200 ppm. Even today's 400 ppm is far too low for optimum plant growth.
Carbon dioxide has received a lot of flak for its supposed link to global warming. But Dr. Craig Idso of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide believes CO2 actually provides the planet with more benefits than costs.
By Duggan Flanakin (reviewer)The central theme of Deep Green Resistance, written by Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen (author of Endgame), is simple. To save the planet, its wildlife and some of its people, the enlightened few must rise up in resistance – not to reform, but rather to totally tear down the corporate capitalist economic system, and even civilization itself as we know it. Jensen presents his thesis in the book's preface. "The dominant culture – civilization – is killing the planet, and it is long past time for those of us who care about life on earth to [...]
CHURCHVILLE, VA: Africa is the only continent where food production per capita is falling as its population continues to expand. Three-fourths of Africa’s food is produced on small farms that get radically lower crop yields than its experimental farms. Even if these little farms got adequate fertilizer and high-yield seeds, they still wouldn’t get the higher yields produced by First World farmers because of the heavy weed populations fostered by Africa’s high temperatures, high humidity, and intense sunlight. A Nigerian field has an estimated 200 million weed seeds per hectare! African women are courting disabling diseases as they spend 300 hours [...]
CHURCHVILLE, VA—Our ironic thanks to Smoky the Bear’s campaign manager, the Sierra Club, and all those well-meaning folks who have just delivered the second-largest wildfire in Arizona history. The Wallow Fire has burned more than 600 square miles of Ponderosa pine forest at this writing—and it is still burning. It still has a chance at exceeding the 732 square miles of the Chediski fire in 2002.Hmm. The two biggest forest fires in Arizona history have both occurred within the last decade. Is there a pattern developing? You bet there is, and it is happening all across the western U.S. and has [...]
Afraid that a new plan by the U.S. Forest Service will wreak economic havoc on timber-dependent rural communities, lawmakers from both political parties are expressing their displeasure with the Obama administration initiative.At issue is a sweeping so-called “planning rule” that would guide land-use decision on 198 million acres of federal forests and grasslands across the country. Released in February as a proposed rule, the plan has come under a barrage of criticism for emphasizing species preservation and climate change over the well-being of rural Americans.According to Greenwire (May 5, 2011), Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pennsylvania), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s subcommittee [...]
"Many of the world's forests appear to be making a comeback, and some are more thickly forested now than they were nearly 200 years ago." this, according to the Environmental News Network, which reported on a National Academy of Sciences study which showed that the United States and China had the greatest gains in forests over the last 15 years. Indeed, researchers found that despite concerns about deforestation, timber-size trees increased over the past 15 years in 22 of the 50 countries with the most forests. Experts attribute this to increasing prosperity, since almost every country with per capita [...]
With our increased population, America must be losing forest land, right? Well not according to the Mother Nature Network, which reports the U.S., which has 8% of the world’s forests, now has more trees than it did 100 years ago. Citing a U.N. report, forest growth has exceeded harvest in America since the 1940's, and was an astounding 42% greater than harvest by 1997. The greatest growth has been seen on the East Coast, with the average volume of wood per acre almost doubling in the last 50 years. Increased conservation, tree planting, and the movement of people from [...]
A perennial herb with dime-sized white or pink flowers, the Maguire daisy, was added to the endangered species list in 1985 when it was believed there were only 7 of them remaining in Utah. Since that time, government efforts to reestablish them were said to have been so successful that they were able to be delisted in January. But did the Endangered Species Act actually save the Maguire daisy? Perhaps not, at least according to a Fish and Wildlife official interviewed by the Salt Lake Tribune, who recently said that shortly after the daisy was listed, botanists examined the [...]
CHURCHVILLE, VA—When will the public turn its back on the ill-founded “concerns” of the Green movement that misinformed us about DDT, salmon extinction, deformed frogs, man-made global warming, and a host of other fake “calamities”? When will we support more high-yield farming research to meet redoubled world food needs in 2050? Especially since the alternative would be to plow down more wild species’ habitat to plant additional low-yield crops. Researchers at the University of Adelaide just announced a new gene modification that tells rice plants to store salt in their roots. That prevents the salt getting to the plants’ shoots, where [...]
CHURCHVILLE, VA—Trees in the U.S. are growing 2–4 times as fast as their long-term norm. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center at Edgewood MD says it is because of global warming, according to a recent press release. Don’t bet on that.Smithsonian researchers measured a series of forest plots at different stages of growth from 5 to 225 years of age. They found that more than 90 percent of the trees grew 2-4 times faster over the past 20 years than predicted from baseline growth rates.Helpfully, lead author Geoffrey Parker tells us that there are three main possibilities why the trees might be [...]
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - A large group of UN delegates and journalists attended the Copenhagen Climate Challenge Conference at a famous historical building in downtown Copenhagen. CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker chaired the conference, which brought together accomplished scientists and policy experts to present scientific evidence that suggests the debate over the human influence on the climate is not settled. From the beginning, the two day conference exceeded expectations and the mood was very upbeat. The crowd was so large it flowed out the door and into the hallway. Attendees heard world renowned climate scientist and Science & Environmental Policy Project President [...]
CHURCHVILLE, VA—“Environmentalists are standing in the way of feeding humanity through their opposition to biotechnology, farm chemicals and nitrogen fertilizer”—straight talk from billionaire Bill Gates at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines October 15th Gates could have said with equal truth that the same environmentalists, by demanding organic-only farming, are risking the future of the planet’s wildlife. The world will need more than twice as much food by 2050 to feed a peak population of 8 billion affluent humans and their pets. Gates believes we should get that additional food from higher yields on the 37 percent of the [...]
If a traveler on Continental Airlines pays an optional $5 surcharge to plant a tree as a “carbon offset” how much difference will it make to the planet? Traveling Americans are paying millions of dollars to plant hundreds of thousands of additional trees. Many of these new trees are being planted in the tropics; where tree-planting does the most good in cooling the earth. It seems a well-intended, way to spend the cost of a McDonald’s hamburger. But is it the best way to make a difference? The World Agroforestry Centre has just discovered that the earth has billions [...]
One of the persistent, shallow global food myths is that the world could feed more people if we gave up eating meat. Ezra Klein wrote another misguided column about this—“The Meat of the Problem”—in the Washington Post of July 29. Klein cites as his authority a naïve “study” by the kids at Carnegie-Mellon University. Klein asserts, “It is more energy efficient to grow grain and feed it to people than it is to grow grain and turn it into feed that we give to calves until they become adults that we then slaughter to feed to people.” No, Mr. Klein, it isn’t. Either [...]