Americans For Carbon Dioxide
Earth and its inhabitants need more, not less, CO2.
More CO2 means:
More Plant Growth
Plants need less water
More food per acre
More robust habitats and ecosystems
People must have sufficient food.
The rise in the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution (an increase of approximately 100 ppm) has done wonders for humanity in this regard.
The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment
It will continue to work wonders in helping us meet the rising food consumption needs of a larger, future population.
Craig Idso, who has a doctorate in geography and is a co-author of the Heartland report, blamed the IPCC for having “downplayed or ignored” the benefits of increased carbon dioxide.
“Despite thousands of scientific articles affirming numerous benefits of rising temperatures and atmospheric CO2, IPCC makes almost no mention of any positive externalities resulting from such,” Idso said in a statement.
Mainstream scientists have said for years that the fertilizing effect of carbon dioxide and, to some degree, warming temperatures could boost some plant and crop growth. The U.S. Department of Agriculture noted in a major report last year that more carbon could increase yields of wheat, rice and soybeans by up to 15 percent.
Carbon dioxide is essential
to life on Earth and is an integral part of the carbon cycle, a biogeochemical cycle in which carbon is exchanged between the Earth’s oceans, soil, rocks and biosphere. Biologically, plants and other photoautotrophs extract carbon from the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide by the process of photosynthesis and use it as an energy source and for the construction of their body parts. Therefore, Earth wouldn’t have a present-day biosphere without atmospheric CO2.
Carbon dioxide is well mixed in the Earth’s atmosphere and reconstructions show that concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere varied from as high as 7,000 parts per million during the Cambrian period about 500 million years ago in ancient-Earth biospheres to as low as 180 parts per million during the Quaternary glaciation of the last two million years.