CO2 is Making the Planet Greener

CO2 is making the planet greener.

We show a persistent and widespread increase of growing season integrated LAI (greening) over 25% to 50% of the global vegetated area, whereas less than 4% of the globe shows decreasing LAI (browning). Factorial simulations with multiple global ecosystem models suggest that CO2 fertilization effects explain 70% of the observed greening trend, followed by nitrogen deposition (9%), climate change (8%) and land cover change (LCC) (4%).

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v6/n8/full/nclimate3004.html

Betcha that made the nightly news headlines for weeks right … right?

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4 thoughts on “CO2 is Making the Planet Greener

  1. Meanwhile, purely as a result of Donald Trump, across the Atlantic, the EPA is under new management, NASA is to be repurposed back to doing space stuff, and Congress is launching an investigation into NOAA’s data manipulation.

    It’a a bad time to be a Watermelon!

  2. Rising CO2 does not correlate with subsequent rising global temperatures. CO2 began rising strongly in the 1940’s. But for the next three decades global temperatures declined markedly:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:1940/to:1979/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:1940/to:1979/trend

    The only correlation is between ∆global T and subsequent ∆CO2.

    Next, all available evidence shows that the rise in CO2 has been beneficial. No global harm has been caused by rising CO2, therefore the rise in CO2 can be labeled “harmless.”

    Next, CO2 has never been measured as a cause of global warming (altho it probably has a small, unmeasured warming effect):

    http://c3headlines.typepad.com/.a/6a010536b58035970c01bb0895c136970d-pi

    Furthermore, there is zero empirical evidence showing that more CO2 is causing the widely predicted acceleration in global warming:

    http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/hadcrut4gl/from:1990/plot/rss/from:1990/plot/crutem3vnh/from:1990/to:2017/plot/uah5/from:1990

    When a hypothesis makes wrong predictions, it is falsified.

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