Skip to comments.THE CARBON DIOXIDE LEVEL IS DANGEROUSLY LOW
Posted on 03/25/2014 7:21:07 AM PDT by neverdem
The following as been excerpted from Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century will be Nasty, Brutish, and Short by David Archibald:
The United States is needlessly penalizing itself and squandering its resource endowment, all because of the big lie that carbon dioxide is causing dangerous global warming. The Chinese, in contrast, merely pay lip service to that big lie. The only reason they are making a token effort on the global warming front is to encourage Western countries to continue hobbling their own economies. One can be forgiven for thinking that there must be some truth in the global warming notion given how much noise its advocates have made. But as with most causes promoted by leftist ideologues, the truth is exactly the opposite to their claim. The fact of the matter is the carbon dioxide level of the atmosphere remains dangerously low at four hundred parts per million. In fact the more carbon dioxide there is in the atmosphere, the better for all forms of life on planet Earth.
Before the Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere stood at 286 parts per million. Let us round this number to 300 parts per million to make the sums easier. Naturally occurring greenhouse gases ensure that the planet is 30°C warmer than it would otherwise be if they were not in the atmosphere, so the average temperature of the planets surface is 15°C instead of -15°C. Water vapor is responsible for 80 percent of that effect, and carbon dioxide for only 10 percent, with methane, ozone, and so forth accounting for the remainder. So the approximately 300 parts per million of carbon dioxide is good for 3°C degrees of warming. If the relationship between carbon dioxide concentration and temperature were arithmeticin other words, a straight linear relationshipthen adding another 100 parts per million of carbon dioxide would result in one degree of warming. We are adding 2 parts per million to the atmosphere annually, or 100 parts per million every fifty years. At that rate, humanity would fry.
Thankfully, the relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide and temperature is logarithmic, not arithmetic. The first 20 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere provides 1.6°C of warming, after which the effect drops away rapidly. From the current level of 400 parts per million, each addition of 100 parts per million adds only 0.1°C of warming. By the time we have dug up all the rocks we can economically burn, and burned them, we may reach 600 parts per million in the atmosphere. So perhaps we might add another 0.2°C of warming over the next two centuries. That warming will be lost in the noise of natural climate variation. So much for the problem of global warming! As a greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide is tuckered out. On the positive side of the ledger, it is very beneficial as aerial fertilizer. The carbon dioxide that mankind has put into the atmosphere to date has in fact boosted crop yields by 15 percent. This is like giving the Third World countries free phosphate fertilizer. Who could possibly be so heartless as to deny under- developed countries that benefit, at no cost to anyone?
The real threat is dangerously low levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The Earth has been in a glacial period for the last 3 million years, including some sixty separate glacial advances and retreats. The current Holocene interglacial period might last up to another 3,000 years before the Earth plunges into another glaciation. Carbon dioxide is a gas highly soluble in water, and its solubility is highly temperature dependent. The colder the planet is, the more carbon dioxide the oceans absorb. During glaciations the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere has fallen to as low at 180 parts per million. It needs to be stressed that plant life shuts down at 150 parts per million, as plants are unable to operate with the partial pressure differential of carbon dioxide between their cells and the atmosphere. Several times during the last 3 million years, life above sea level was within 30 parts per million of being extinguished by a lack of carbon dioxide. The flowering plants we rely upon in our diet evolved 100 million years ago when the carbon dioxide level was four times the current concentration. For plant life, the current amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is near starvation levels
And unfortunately, the carbon dioxide that human beings are pumping into the atmosphere will not be there for very long. There is fifty times as much carbon dioxide held by the oceans as there is in the atmosphere. As the deep oceans turn over, on an eight-hundred-year cycle of circulation, they will take the carbon dioxide now in the atmosphere down into Davy Joness Locker, where it will be of no use to man, beast, or plant life. Agricultural productivity will rise for the next two centuries or so, along with the atmospheric carbon dioxide level, after which it will fall away. By the year 3000 AD, the atmospheres carbon dioxide level will be only a couple of percent higher than before the Industrial Revolution. Life above sea level will therefore remain dangerously pre- carious because of the low carbon dioxide level.
Global warming is an irrational belief whose proponents demonstrate no interest in examining scientific evidence that may prove their beliefs incorrect. As a simple cult, it has failed to progress much beyond the concept of original sin, apocalyptic visions, sumptuary laws, and the selling of indulgences. Wind farms are the temples of this state-sponsored belief system. This cult doesnt extend to building aged-care homes, hospitals, or anything much for the common good. Instead it degrades the fabric of society by misdirecting human effort. Its true believers can hardly be blamed; the global warming cult is not much different from any of the other end-of-the-world cults that have preceded it. Societys opprobrium should be saved for the gatekeepers who have failed in their duty to protect the public from the depredations of the global warming rent-seekers and charlatans. The boards and executive staffs of a number of learned societies across the Western world have embraced this cult against the wishes of the majority of their members
The fact that the world has not warmed since 1998 (in defiance of the global warming scare) hasnt dented cult members faith. Arguing scientific evidence with them is pointless. It will take something far worse than a return of the frigid winters of the 1970s to create doubt in their minds. That something worse is coming. Millions of people may have to endure many harsh years before this pernicious cult is vanquished. And until the global warming myth is exploded, the security of the United Statesand thus of the worldis also at risk.
David Archibald is a climate expert and a fellow at the Institute of World Politics.
I thought I recognized those words.
“Roughly equal mental and physical powers, and competition over the same objects of desire, according to Hobbes, led in a state of nature to, “continuall feare, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.”
Global warming is an irrational belief whose proponents demonstrate no interest in examining scientific evidence that may prove their beliefs incorrect. As a simple cult, it has failed to progress much beyond the concept of original sin, apocalyptic visions, sumptuary laws, and the selling of indulgences. Wind farms are the temples of this state-sponsored belief system. This cult doesnt extend to building aged-care homes, hospitals, or anything much for the common good. Instead it degrades the fabric of society by misdirecting human effort. Its true believers can hardly be blamed; the global warming cult is not much different from any of the other end-of-the-world cults that have preceded it.
I have to drive my SUV a whole year to feed four acres of rain forest.
I had not seen this information before. It is undeniable that the earth is still in an ice age, and is currently colder than “normal” when speaking in terms of geologic history. But this puts an entirely different perspective on the problem, in that long-term carbon dioxide deficiency is a far greater problem. And all we need is a colder dip in the current ice age to bring it on.
The warmist cult always portrays the CO2-greenhouse effect as a linear relationship. This article makes it clear that we are well on the flat part of a logrithmic curve.
The warmist cult always gives Venus as an example of a runaway greenhouse effect. But they alway fail to point out that the partial pressure of carbon dioxide on Venus is well over 200,000 times that of Earth.
IOW, it's not new info.
There is a little-known short story published by Jules Verne, that while technically inaccurate, raises a very interesting proposition. It is entitled Dr. Ox’s Experiment.
The prosperous Dr. Ox enters a Flemish town known for its sedate and peaceful character. It rests within a closed and windless valley, so over the course of many years, the air there has a much higher percentage of heavier than air carbon dioxide. In fact, it is because of all this extra CO2 that the place is sedate and peaceful.
Dr. Ox offers them, free of charge, a electrolysis plant that will split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Then they can use the hydrogen to power their street lamps. However, his hidden motive is to flood their valley with oxygen to see its effects on people.
In any event, the story points out a possibility for agriculture. If you planted a crop in a depression shielded from wind, then added CO2 to the air, you would likely get much greater plant yields.
Importantly, to uptake CO2, plants have pores in their skin, which they open to get the gas. However, in the process, water evaporates out the open pores. But when there is a lot of CO2, the plants don’t need to open their pores as wide, so they lose less water. So they need to uptake less water.
This is a second good reason to do this, if you live in an arid region. To get higher plant yields *and* to conserve water.
Not only that. How many Millions of miles is Venus is closer the the SUN?
Nature has many mechanism for restoring equilibrium. If one component is increased, the mechanisms come into play and equalize the proportions.
Has always been this way, and always will be.
Nature recovers from fluctuations and catastrophes. Climate “scientists” are too stupid to notice this.
Are you sure about that?
Check the "Introduction" of Volume X of the Geological Society of America's Treatise on the Geology of North America:
Each interglacial lasts about 12,000 years and displays a cockscomb temperature curve with third-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-order temperature swings responding to various inputs into global average temperatures.
We are currently about 10,000 years in, and the Climatic Optimum has been passed (the mode of the second-order curve) about 6000 years ago. What remains is a gentle, oscillating rolloff for about 600-1800 years followed by a vertical crash into pleniglacial climatic conditions.
It's going to get a hell of a lot colder before "global warming" overreaches us, and by then we won't be able to get enough of it, after 25,000 years or so in the deep freeze.
Nice rehash though.
I love this new line some are using. The Europeans and now the US are getting their energy from the weather. Russia, China and India are getting their energy from their natural resources.
“In botany, a stoma (plural stomata) is a pore, found in the epidermis of leaves, stems and other organs that is used to control gas exchange. The pore is bordered by a pair of specialized parenchyma cells known as guard cells that are responsible for regulating the size of the opening.
“Air containing carbon dioxide and oxygen enters the plant through these openings and is used in photosynthesis in the mesophyll cells (parenchyma cells with chloroplasts) and respiration, respectively.
“Oxygen produced as a by-product of photosynthesis diffuses out to the atmosphere through these same openings. Also, water vapor is released into the atmosphere through these pores in a process called transpiration.”
The truth has to be repeated often when we are surrounded by those who have an agenda to twist the truth for purpose of furthering a certain ideology that really has nothing to do with anything other than seeking control of the world for their own selfish purposes.
I know all that. But I’ve never seen anybody saying that plants have “skin”.
Agreed, which is why I meant no offense. I only tried to point out that this is not new info.
The “counter culture” of 40- 50 years ago used to have bumper stickers that said “question authority”.
Now, the counter culture is the authority, and they are completely narcissistic Fascist's.
Now, I need to get some of those “g damn hippy bumper stickers”
(I have become my Dad.)
This goes straight to my archives.
I wish “Human Events” had been more specific as to why David Archibald, the author, is a “climate expert.”
The Climate Nazis are extremely skilled at magnifying any flaws in the CV’s or facts or conclusions of people who criticize the Global Warming agenda.
The people on our side of this issue need to be much more alert to that method of counter-attack and prepare accordingly.
Look up the word STOMA,
” In fact the more carbon dioxide there is in the atmosphere, the better for all forms of life on planet Earth.”
Maybe they don’t want things better for ALL forms of life on Earth. Maybe they want to get rid of a couple hundred million or so, of us.
Chow for paragraph eater.
Never mind that Venus is quite a bit closer to the sun, and that its day is actually longer than its year. (How is that possible? Venus rotates backwards, and, interestingly, always has the same face towards Earth.) All manned space flights include rotating the space vehicles to keep any side from getting too hot. Earth has a nice rotation that also keeps one side from getting too hot. Venus hardly rotates at all, and lest the warmists argue that distance and rotation don't matter, have them take a look at Mercury, which also doesn't rotate much and is quite a bit closer too the sun.
Be careful what you ask for, because around here you can get a real education. I once said that elemental mercury accumulates in tissues with no way out, and I very quickly learned that it evaporates slowly through the skin. Felt pretty stupid, I did.