Thursday, January 24, 2013

New paper predicts CO2 fertilization will greatly improve plant productivity by 40-60%
A paper published today in Biogeosciences finds that the increase in CO2 levels since 1850 has greatly enhanced plant fertilization and that a doubling of CO2 levels would be predicted to increase plant productivity by 40 - 60%. The study derives "a probabilistic prediction for the globally averaged strength of CO2 fertilization in nature, for the period 1850 to 2000 AD, implicitly net of other limiting factors such as nutrient availability" and predicts, "the increase in gross primary productivity (GPP) in response to a doubling of CO2 from pre-industrial values is very likely (90% confidence) to exceed 20%, with a most likely value of 40–60%."
Is ‘Green’ Tech Responsible for Boeing’s 787 Problems? - By Greg Pollowitz - Planet Gore - National Review Online
Boeing’s new aircraft — the 787 — was grounded last week by the FAA while investigators try to figure out what’s causing the plane’s “green” lithium ion batteries to catch fire in flight. But why put batteries with a history of catching fire on an airplane in the first place? The answer is to cut fuel costs:
Spiegel speculates on why global warming stalled « JoNova
This is one of the best mainstream articles I have seen trying to make sense of the point: Why are we not warming? It is rare to see work that tries to cover this much detail and nuance. The great global warming debate might finally be beginning?
IPCC & Climate Science Taken Over By Environmentalists. Christy: “Reports By Advocacy Groups Not Credible”
Imagine if the sugar and butter industries took over nutritional sciences. It wouldn’t be long before fruits and vegetables turned out to be the most dangerous foods on the planet.

When it comes to climate science and energy policy, a similar absurdity is taking place, i.e. the environmentalists are taking over energy policy-making. Canadian investigative journalist Donna Laframboise has uncovered it, and FOX NEWS here has the report: “Leaked UN climate report slammed for citing WWF, Greenpeace“.

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