Posted by: Grant | January 17, 2014

Plant Growth And Bushfires

~meThere is no shortage of greenies blaming bushfires on heat and drought, but it is symptomatic of our lack of objective science that a major cause of our more severe bushfires is almost never mentioned and never taken into account – CO2 Fertilisation.

This is because CO2 fertilisation is a wonderful benefit of our burning of fossil fuels. The biosphere is flourishing. Crops are prospering, grass for our grazing animals along with it, not to mention rainforests, and we cannot have that! A beneficial effect of “carbon pollution”!!

CSIRO
Deserts ‘greening’ from rising CO2
3 July 2013
http://www.csiro.au/Portals/Media/Deserts-greening-from-rising-CO2.aspx

 “In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue.

“In Australia, our native vegetation is superbly adapted to surviving in arid environments and it consequently uses water very efficiently,” Dr Donohue said. “Australian vegetation seems quite sensitive to CO2 fertilisation.

Read all about the politically incorrect flourishing of all plant growth on the planet here –

CO2 SCIENCE
Major Report
The Positive Externalities of Carbon Dioxide:
http://co2science.org/education/reports/co2benefits/co2benefits.phpidso-positive-CO2-229x300

“The Positive Externalities of Carbon Dioxide: Estimating the Monetary Benefits of Rising Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations on Global Food Production: Several analyses have been conducted to estimate potential monetary damages of the rising atmospheric CO2 concentration. Few, however, have attempted to investigate its monetary benefits. This study addresses this discrepancy by providing a quantitative estimate of the direct monetary benefits of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on both historic and future global crop production. Results indicate that the annual total monetary value of the increase in the air’s CO2 content (since the inception of the Industrial Revolution) for world crop production grew from about $18.5 billion in 1961 to over $140 billion by 2011, reaching the staggering sum of $3.2 trillion over the 50-year time period from 1961-2011. And projecting the monetary value of this positive externality forward in time reveals that it will bestow an additional $9.8 trillion on crop production between now and 2050.”

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