Well, Global Warming is in the news…..AGAIN, but this time it’s the trees causing the problems. Damn those trees! Let’s go cut them all down so we can reduce CO2 levels and Oxygen! Yayyyyy…no breathing, sounds great 🙂
Alright, I’m being sarcastic and over-the-top..but now you know how I feel when you tell me my breathing is killing the Earth and driving us toward a Warming Armageddon.
This is my problem with the “Environmental” Army. They act as if we landed here from another planet and are sucking it dry. The “Army” wants to eradicate humans so that Earth can prosper. Well what the hell is the point of that? We are here because we evolved like everything else. I think it’s funny that some have this view that the Earth can’t evolve?? Where were you in Earth Science class?
Humans aren’t a Disease! I once read an article in Discover magazine that had pictures of what the Earth would look like without Humans. Again, I ask, what the hell is the point of this? Ugh….
Global Warming is going to cause the ice caps to melt, the Ocean’s to rise and we’re all going to die a horrible drowning death. Oh wait..not quite. There’s going to be some coastal flooding, lands may change, lots of people with sun tans walking around with plenty of food to eat. I think we can manage.
There I go being a smart ass again. or am I? 🙂
The recent study is on Trees. Now I have found three different articles/studies saying the opposite’s of each other. Trees cause Global Warming; Cutting down the trees causes Global Warming; Trees could help Cool the Earth.
I’m confused? So…I went gallivanting thru the Internet only to find a million links with , pretty much, the same information. I had so many windows open I thought the computer was going to crash. It took 30 seconds for a web-page to load…the horror!
#1. Trees Cause Global Warming
Well let me clarify, Trees in snowy areas cause warming because their canopies absorb more sunlight which would normally be reflected by the snow.
This is obviously different from the normal enviro-speak. Plant more trees, reduce Global Warming. Uh Oh, maybe not. No one is saying cut down the trees because they have a very important role in our environment. Nevertheless, this just shows you how much we don’t understand. Jumping to one specific area of science and only concentrating on that is just plain stupid.
#2. Trees Help Cool the Earth
The consensus has always been plant a tree, preserve the forests and help reduce global warming because trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it to oxygen.
Not to mention, the trees absorb water from the ground, which aids in producing clouds, which shields us earthlings from the Sun.
ok, I buy this.
#3. Cutting Down Trees causes Global Warming
Obviously this is the exact opposite of above. Cutting down the trees, nothing to absorb that heinous CO2 but the good ole atmosphere, hence Global Warming.
All three of these make perfect sense if you think CO2 causes Global Warming.
I don’t believe that…exactly. I think we have a lot to learn…as if I need to give you examples (hint hint..look up look up).
Now before I go on with my diatribe, I came across an article and a published study on the benefits of CO2 in regards to Plant life.
First is an article from ABC.com dated Aug 16th.
The short of it is, Duke University wants to see the effects of increased CO2 on Loblolly Pine and small hardwood trees.
Apparently, the trees are loving it.
The preliminary answer seems to be that at least some of the trees in the forests will love it, growing more rapidly, reproducing more robustly, thriving at a time when some parts of the globe will slip perilously into a rising sea.
“It’s really dramatic,” says Shannon LaDeau, a doctoral candidate at Duke who is running part of the long-term experiment.
The pines are growing about 25 percent faster than pines just outside the experiment, and they are twice as likely to be reproductively active. “They are making three times as many cones” which carry and incubate their seeds, she adds.
The article is Four Pages long and well worth the read. It also has some pessimism in their for all you “Global Warming” fanatics (wink)…but what would an article be without the negative aspect?
This is for you :
What’s good for the loblollies is devastating to other living organisms, including coral reefs. Researchers at Columbia University’s Biosphere 2 in the Arizona desert have found that the atmospheric level of carbon dioxide that we might expect in a few decades will dissolve the reefs like an ice cube in boiling water.
The second Study I found is a little more “Scientific” in language from CO2science.org
The study is about range expansion in the South Western Unites States. There’s a lot of different experiments referenced here.
Here’s a piece:
When the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration is experimentally increased, the vast majority of earth’s plants lose less water to the atmosphere via transpiration, but they produce more biomass, the latter of which phenomena is generally more strongly expressed in woody perennial species than it is in annual herbaceous plants. As a result of increases in the air’s CO2 content, therefore, earth’s bushes, shrubs and trees would be expected to grow better and expand their ranges more than non-woody species would be expected to do. Simultaneously, increases in atmospheric CO2 often make plants of all types actually preferwarmer temperatures (Idso and Idso, 1994), causing both woody and non-woody plants to grow more vigorously and expand their ranges during periods of global warming. In this summary, we review some of the evidence for, and the consequences of, these phenomena, focusing on what has been learned in North America, concentrating on the southwestern sector of the United States.
My problem with Global Warming is this, We don’t know enough to make drastic changes which could, in fact, cause a negative effect instead of the intentioned Positive.
I can’t help but think of the Wolves in Yellowstone that HUMANS took out of the park which almost collapsed the eco-system.
The Introduction of wolves back in to the park after 70 years is rebalancing the eco-system.
KidsNews, National Geographic : An informative article directed at kids but educational for all 🙂
So, what we think is the right thing to do is not always the right thing to do. Just as 35 years ago scientists thought we were on the brink of another Ice Age and were spouting the gloom and doom that the Global Warmists are spouting today.
Make up your mind! Are we doomed when we’re cold or warm? I think the answer is they really don’t know.
So for now, I stand behind Conservation but am not losing sleep over Global Warming.
I’m looking forward to the warmth.
And one last thing…an article by Steven Milloy of Junkscience.com
Keep your mind open before jumping on this sinking ship .
Update from Flopping Aces : “Global Warming Skeptics Growing” (very interesting)