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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In his 1990 film Mo' Better Blues, director Spike Lee dissects the life of fictional trumpeter Bleek Gilliam as he struggles to find, as described by reviewers Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, a proper balance between work and love. "Work," according to psychiatrist Jay Rohrlich (as cited in their review), "is oriented to the future, to goals; love demands the present." Bill McKibben, in his brand-new book, Deep Economy, hits on this same theme - that more (the result of work) and better (the result of love) may not always be congruent. The Vermont Sunday school teacher (and Middlebury scholar) spent [...]