We must do SOMETHING now !!!!Remember, the lessen is that we must lesson pollution.
If you are NOT for doing that, you must be a corporate toadie intent on wholesale unregulated pollution and destruction of the planet.
Presented for your consideration...
Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
ARTHUR B. ROBINSON, NOAH E. ROBINSON, AND WILLIE SOON
Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, 2251 **** George Road, Cave Junction, Oregon 97523 [email@example.com]
ABSTRACT A review of the research literature concerning the environmental consequences of increased levels of atmospheric carbon di oxide leads to the conclusion that increases during the 20th and early 21st centuries have produced no deleterious effects upon Earth?s weather and climate. Increased carbon dioxide has, however, markedly in creased plant growth. Predictions of harmful climatic effects due to future in creases in hydrocarbon use and mi nor green house gases like CO2 do not conform to current experimental knowledge. The environmental effects of rapid expansion of the nuclear and hydrocarbon energy industries are discussed.
Political leaders gathered in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997 to consider a world treaty restricting human production of ?greenhouse gases,? chiefly carbon dioxide (CO2). They feared that CO2 would result in ?human-caused global warming? ? hypothetical severe increases in Earth?s temperatures, with disastrous environmental consequences.
During the past 10 years, many political efforts have been made to force worldwide agreement to the Kyoto treaty.When we reviewed this subject in 1998 (1,2), existing satellite records were short and were centered on a period of changing intermediate temperature trends. Additional experimental data have now been obtained, so better answers to the questions raised by the hypothesis of ?human-caused global warming? are now available.
There are no experimental data to support the hypothesis that increases in human hydrocarbon use or in atmospheric carbon dioxide and other green house gases are causing or can be expected to cause unfavorable changes in global temperatures, weather, or landscape. There is no reason to limit human production of CO2, CH4, and other minor green house gases as has been pro posed (82,83,97,123).
We also need not worry about environmental calamities even if the current natural warming trend continues. The Earth has been much warmer during the past 3,000 years without catastrophic effects. Warmer weather extends growing sea sons and generally improves the habitability of colder regions.
As coal, oil, and natural gas are used to feed and lift from poverty vast numbers of people across the globe, more CO2 will be released into the atmosphere. This will help to maintain and improve the health, longevity, prosperity, and productivity of all people. The United States and other countries need to produce more energy, not less. The most practical, economical, and environmentally sound methods available are hydrocarbon and nuclear technologies.
Human use of coal, oil, and natural gas has not harmfully warmed the Earth, and the extrapolation of current trends shows that it will not do so in the foreseeable future. The CO2 produced does, however, accelerate the growth rates of plants and also permits plants to grow in drier regions. Animal life, which depends upon plants, also flourishes, and the diversity of plant and animal life is increased.
Human activities are producing part of the rise in CO2 in the atmosphere. Mankind is moving the carbon in coal, oil, and natural gas from be low ground to the atmosphere, where it is available for conversion into living things. We are living in an increasingly lush environment of plants and animals as a result of this CO2 increase. Our children will therefore en joy an Earth with far more plant and animal life than that with which we now are blessed.
Lots to think about in the report.