Rise in CO2 has ‘greened Planet Earth’

Rise in CO2 has ‘greened Planet Earth’

  • 25 April 2016
The greening of Planet EarthImage copyright BOSTON UNIVERSITY/R.MYNENI

Carbon dioxide emissions from industrial society have driven a huge growth in trees and other plants.

A new study says that if the extra green leaves prompted by rising CO2 levels were laid in a carpet, it would cover twice the continental USA.

Climate sceptics argue the findings show that the extra CO2 is actually benefiting the planet.

But the researchers say the fertilisation effect diminishes over time.

They warn the positives of CO2 are likely to be outweighed by the negatives.

The lead author, Prof Ranga Myneni from Boston University, told BBC News the extra tree growth would not compensate for global warming, rising sea levels, melting glaciers, ocean acidification, the loss of Arctic sea ice, and the prediction of more severe tropical storms.

The new study is published in the journal Nature Climate Change by a team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries.

It is called Greening of the Earth and its Drivers, and it is based on data from the Modis and AVHRR instruments which have been carried on American satellites over the past 33 years.The sensors show significant greening of something between 25% and 50% of the Earth’s vegetated land, which in turn is slowing the pace of climate change as the plants are drawing CO2 from the atmosphere.

Just 4% of vegetated land has suffered from plant loss.

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Image caption The extra growth is the equivalent of more than four billion giant sequoias – the biggest trees on Earth

This is in line with the Gaia thesis promoted by the maverick scientist James Lovelock who proposed that the atmosphere, rocks, seas and plants work together as a self-regulating organism. Mainstream science calls such mechanisms “feedbacks”.

The scientists say several factors play a part in the plant boom, including climate change (8%), more nitrogen in the environment (9%), and shifts in land management (4%).

But the main factor, they say, is plants using extra CO2 from human society to fertilise their growth (70%).

Harnessing energy from the sun, green leaves grow by using CO2, water, and nutrients from soil.

“The greening reported in this study has the ability to fundamentally change the cycling of water and carbon in the climate system,” said a lead author Dr Zaichun Zhu, from Peking University, Beijing, China.

The authors note that the beneficial aspect of CO2 fertilisation have previously been cited by contrarians to argue that carbon emissions need not be reduced.

Co-author Dr Philippe Ciais, from the Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences in Gif-sur‑Yvette, France (also an IPCC author), said: “The fallacy of the contrarian argument is two-fold. First, the many negative aspects of climate change are not acknowledged.

“Second, studies have shown that plants acclimatise to rising CO2 concentration and the fertilisation effect diminishes over time.” Future growth is also limited by other factors, such as lack of water or nutrients.

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A co-author Prof Pierre Friedlingstein, from Exeter University, UK, told BBC News that carbon uptake from plants was factored into Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) models, but was one of the main sources of uncertainty in future climate forecasts.

Warming the Earth releases CO2 by increasing decomposition of soil organic matter, thawing of permafrost, drying of soils, and reduced photosynthesis – potentially leading to tropical vegetation dieback.

He said: “Carbon sinks (such as forests, where carbon is stored) would become sources if carbon loss from warming becomes larger than carbon gain from fertilisation.

“But we can’t be certain yet when that would happen. Hopefully, the world will follow the Paris agreement objectives and limit warming below 2C.”

Nic Lewis, an independent scientist often critical of the IPCC, told BBC News: “The magnitude of the increase in vegetation appears to be considerably larger than suggested by previous studies.

“This suggests that projected atmospheric CO2 levels in IPCC scenarios are significantly too high, which implies that global temperature rises projected by IPCC models are also too high, even if the climate is as sensitive to CO2 increases as the models imply.”

And Prof Judith Curry, the former chair of Earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, added: “It is inappropriate to dismiss the arguments of the so-called contrarians, since their disagreement with the consensus reflects conflicts of values and a preference for the empirical (i.e. what has been observed) versus the hypothetical (i.e. what is projected from climate models).

“These disagreements are at the heart of the public debate on climate change, and these issues should be debated, not dismissed.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36130346

Bill Nye, the science guy, is open to criminal charges and jail time for climate change dissenters

 

 

Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder

By Valerie Richardson – The Washington Times – Thursday, April 14, 2016

Bill Nye “the science guy” says in a video interview released Thursday that he is open to the idea of jailing those who deviate from the climate change consensus.

Asked about the heated rhetoric surrounding the climate change debate, such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s previous comments that some climate skeptics should be prosecuted as war criminals, Mr. Nye replied, “We’ll see what happens.”

“Was it appropriate to jail the guys from Enron?” Mr. Nye asked in a video interview with Climate Depot’s Marc Morano. “We’ll see what happens. Was it appropriate to jail people from the cigarette industry who insisted that this addictive product was not addictive, and so on?”

“In these cases, for me, as a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen,” Mr. Nye said. “So I can see where people are very concerned about this, and they’re pursuing criminal investigations as well as engaging in discussions like this.”

Mr. Nye’s comments come with a coalition of liberal attorneys general pursuing companies that challenge the consensus of catastrophic climate change. Critics fear the campaign could chill research and free speech.

Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude E. Walker raised concerns about a government crackdown on dissent when he issued a subpoena last week to the free market Competitive Enterprise Institute for its climate-related research and documents.

About the potential for a “chilling effect,” Mr. Nye said, “That there is a chilling effect on scientists who are in extreme doubt about climate change, I think that is good.”

“The extreme doubt about climate change people — without going too far afield here — are leaving the world worse than they found it because they are keeping us from getting to work. They are holding us back,” Mr. Nye said in a post on Climate Depot, a project of the free market, nonprofit Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow.

Mr. Morano interviewed the star of the 1993-98 PBS television show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” in New York in advance of the May 2 theatrical release of “Climate Hustle,” which takes a skeptical look at predictions of climate change disasters.

The film, along with a panel discussion, was scheduled for a screening Thursday in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/14/bill-nye-open-criminal-charges-jail-time-climate-c/

Border Patrol ordered to release illegals ‘still soaking wet’ from Rio Grande

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Sunday, April 10, 2016

Border Patrol agents have been ordered to release dripping-wet illegal immigrants at the Rio Grande unless they actually see them climbing out of the river, creating what amounts to “an open border with Mexico,” the chief of the agents’ labor union told Congress in new testimony last week.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told the House Judiciary Committee that agents were given the orders verbally soon after President Obama laid out plans for limiting immigration enforcement in 2014.

“We have apprehended illegal aliens just north of the border who are still soaking wet from crossing the river. If they claim, as increasingly they are doing, that they have been here since January 1, 2014, we will process and then release them,” Mr. Judd said in written testimony following up on questions from a hearing earlier this year.
“They are still wet from the river and miles from any civilization and on their word alone we release them unless we physically saw them cross the river,” he said. “This policy de facto creates an open border with Mexico for any illegal alien who wants to claim that they were here before 2014.”

The Jan. 1, 2014, date is not set in law, but rather is part of President Obama’s enforcement priorities he laid out in November of that year, designed to carve most illegal immigrants out of any fear of deportation.

In memos requested by Mr. Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said long-time illegal immigrants were to be given lower priority in favor of recent border-crossers, and those with gang ties or who have amassed serious criminal records in addition to their immigration violations.
Mr. Judd and other enforcement advocates say illegal immigrants have learned to game the system, automatically claiming they arrived before 2014. Agents say they’ve been told they have to take illegal immigrants’ word for it.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security branch that oversees the Border Patrol, denied any such order had been given.

“The U.S. Border Patrol has not issued any stand-down order to agents,” the agency said in a statement to The Washington Times. “The Border Patrol’s enforcement posture and operation is the same as it was in 2014 and 2015, agents are issuing Notices to Appear consistent with law, regulation, and enforcement priorities.”

Mr. Judd and CBP have engaged in a fierce war of words this year, with the union chief in his initial testimony to the House Judiciary Committee in February saying that the Obama administration has re-started the maligned “catch-and-release” policy of the previous decade for illegal immigrants.

Mr. Judd said the administration was embarrassed by the large number of illegal immigrants caught at the border, so the government ordered the releases.

CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, in his own testimony to Congress a month later, said the NBPC was “probably not the most knowledgeable organization about what’s actually going on.” He said Mr. Judd and fellow agents who objected to Mr. Obama’s policies should look for new jobs.

Mr. Judd says that under the verbal directions, agents have been told to fingerprint illegal immigrants and process them to see if they have serious criminal records. But those that claim to have been here since 2013, and who don’t show up with problems in their criminal history, are released into the U.S. rather than held for deportation.

Both interior and border agents report that illegal immigrants, coached by smugglers, have quickly learned the new priorities and know the right words to use to avoid stricter scrutiny.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican and Judiciary Committee Chairman, said that’s led to more illegal immigrants trying to make the trip into the U.S.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/apr/10/border-patrol-ordered-to-release-illegals-still-so/

America’s Greatest Enemy – The Establishment

America’s Greatest Enemy – The Establishment | US Defense Watch

By Ray Starmann

The United States in 2016 has a myriad of enemies: ISIS, the Taliban, Iran, North Korea, Russia and China.

While these countries, terrorist groups and paramilitary forces pose varied threats to the nation, there is an enemy which is much more insidious and which is destroying America every day.

It is an enemy within, supported by foreign entities that benefit from our demise.

It is the Establishment. It is the single greatest threat to the life, liberty and happiness of the American people since the British Empire in 1776.

The Establishment in 2016 has many of the vile traits of its British ancestor 240 years ago. It is arrogant, ruthless and greedy. It will stop at nothing to protect its modus operandi, which has been at full force for the last 53 years.

America is under siege. The wages and jobs of Americans are under siege. Our freedom and prosperity are under siege.

The United States hasn’t been conquered by foreign powers, but by a criminal cabal of its citizens who are hell bent on keeping their power, the people be damned.

What is this so-called Establishment and what do they want?

The Establishment includes: the military-industrial complex, the pharmaceutical companies, the bankers, the K Street lobbyists, the politicians, the mainstream media, the Federal Reserve and the corporations that benefit from illegal immigration and low wages.

The Establishment wishes to keep the US/Mexican Border wide open, in order to continue a steady flow of Mexicans and Latin-Americans who migrate north, take American Blue Collar jobs and in doing so, drag down American Blue Collar wages to a Third World status.

The Establishment wishes to keep outsourcing American jobs and American companies, in order to boost profits, while destroying American White Collar jobs in the process. The Establishment knows that this can only continue by maintaining NAFTA and implementing TPP.

The Establishment wishes to keep the endless, unwinnable wars going at full speed. Endless, unwinnable wars destroy the soul of the US military and the soldiers and Marines who must endure the horrors of war. The Establishment could care less about the average American soldier or Marine. War is good business. Keep it going and convince the American people that endless war is somehow making us all safe.

The Establishment wishes to keep the American people dumbed down by common core education and liberal mainstream media lies.

It’s all about control, over the American people, every day and for the life of every American citizen.

It’s all about the gravy train continuing for corrupt traitors who are not only destroying the US economy, the US status in the world, the US national defense, but the lives of American citizens.

The Establishment doesn’t care if a Republican or a Democrat is in office, as long as Mr. Sanders or Mr. Trump is not residing in the White House. While Sanders and Trump have nothing in common politically, they are the two outsiders who are a threat to the Establishment’s way of life, a way of life that is criminal and traitorous.

The Establishment is the enemy of everyone who believes in freedom, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Like the British Empire of 1776, they will stop at nothing to maintain their power.

They are the modern day Redcoats. They are the enemy of the American people. They wish to keep power in Washington and to break the will of the average American, who they are fleecing.

The Establishment is now at the point where they will do anything to stop Trump or Sanders. They will cancel elections, rig ballots, pressure, strong-arm and bribe delegates, change the rule books, while keeping Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney powdered with makeup in the green room, ready to burst out on the world stage as the new GOP candidates for President and Vice President, in whatever order they decide.

The Establishment knows that Hillary must be the Democrat nominee. Hillary is literally the poster child for the Establishment and every evil tenet it represents. Whether Hillary or a Ryan or Romney wins the election is of no concern to the Establishment. As long as it’s someone on the payroll, that’s all that counts.

The Establishment could care less about Ted Cruz. He is a useful, dutiful and ambitious dupe who they will use to destroy Trump then discard like dryer lint.

This weekend a frustrated Colorado voter who had just had his voting rights usurped like millions of other Colorado citizens wrote the head of the Colorado GOP and told him that the American people were on the verge of burning the whole Republican Party down.

The Colorado GOP responded, “Go ahead, burn it down. We don’t care.”

The arrogance of the Establishment is off the charts.

The Establishment, like the British Empire so many years before is blind. Like the British and King George, they believe the people will never rise up, and if they do, they will be easily brow-beaten into submission.

Even at the end, the British couldn’t believe they were defeated by the so-called “rabble in arms.”

The American people are awakening from their slumber. We defeated the Establishment in battle 240 years ago. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that again.

As President Kennedy, a victim of the Establishment once said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

America’s Greatest Enemy – The Establishment

Colorado GOP Leader Turns Off Phone

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After Loss in Colorado, Donald Trump Supporters Give State Chairman an Earful – First Draft. Political News, Now. – The New York Times

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas spoke at the Colorado Republican State Assembly in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas spoke at the Colorado Republican State Assembly in Colorado Springs on Saturday.Credit Nick Cote for The New York Times

It has been two days since Senator Ted Cruz of Texas swept Colorado’s delegates, and Steve House, the chairman of the state’s Republican Party, is feeling the wrath of Donald J. Trump’s supporters.

In fact, his cellphone will not stop ringing.

Mr. House has been hearing from angry voters from across the state and country who say they think the will of the people was ignored because Colorado’s system of caucuses, a multistep process that ended on Saturday, left the selection of the state’s presidential nominating delegates to party activists.

Mr. Trump, who was shut out in Colorado, has complained that the system was rigged, and since Sunday night Mr. House has received more than 2,000 calls from people complaining that the process was a sham. His telephone number was mysteriously disseminated across the Internet.

“It was done exactly according to the rules,” Mr. House said, denying claims of underhanded or manipulative tactics.

For Colorado Republicans the backlash came as something of a surprise because the party decided last August to do away with its presidential straw poll. After the Republican National Committee decided that the outcome of state straw polls would have to result in bound delegates, the state party decided that it would be too risky to use that kind of system because of potential problems counting that many ballots without state resources.

Colorado had a presidential primary election as recently as 2000 but abandoned it because of the costs. The state Republicans held straw polls in 2008 and 2012, but the results were not binding. State Democrats have kept their straw poll.

Mr. House acknowledged that there are a lot of deeply entrenched players within the party who think the system works well and believe that those who are the most politically engaged should determine who becomes the party’s presidential nominee.

“If I tried to get rid of the caucus, they’d string me up,” Mr. House said.

Until now voters have not made a huge deal about the current system. However, Mr. House expects that the ferocity of the criticism that Colorado is facing will push state legislators to make changes before 2020.

“They have not asked for a presidential primary to be put back in play in a way that got their elected officials to do something about it,” Mr. House said, explaining that Colorado voters have the ultimate say in determining the system.

In the meantime, the Colorado Republican Party is weathering the blowback. Mr. House said that he was investigating how an official Twitter account was hacked by someone who tweeted #NeverTrump. And, for now, he has no plans to change his cellphone number.

“You shut the phone off at some point,” he said.

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/04/11/after-loss-in-colorado-donald-trump-supporters-give-state-chairman-an-earful/?_r=0

Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare

The climate alarmists want the public to think they are trying to avoid a burnt world, but what they really want is something altogether different. (AP)

The climate alarmists want the public to think they are trying to avoid a burnt world, but what they really want is something altogether different. (AP)

Fraud: While the global warming alarmists have done a good job of spreading fright, they haven’t been so good at hiding their real motivation. Yet another one has slipped up and revealed the catalyst driving the climate scare.

We have been told now for almost three decades that man has to change his ways or his fossil-fuel emissions will scorch Earth with catastrophic warming. Scientists, politicians and activists have maintained the narrative that their concern is only about caring for our planet and its inhabitants. But this is simply not true. The narrative is a ruse. They are after something entirely different.

If they were honest, the climate alarmists would admit that they are not working feverishly to hold down global temperatures — they would acknowledge that they are instead consumed with the goal of holding down capitalism and establishing a global welfare state.

Have doubts? Then listen to the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer:

“One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.

So what is the goal of environmental policy?

“We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.

For those who want to believe that maybe Edenhofer just misspoke and doesn’t really mean that, consider that a little more than five years ago he also said that “the next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.”

Mad as they are, Edenhofer’s comments are nevertheless consistent with other alarmists who have spilled the movement’s dirty secret. Last year, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, made a similar statement.

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said in anticipation of last year’s Paris climate summit.

“This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

The plan is to allow Third World countries to emit as much carbon dioxide as they wish — because, as Edenhofer said, “in order to get rich one has to burn coal, oil or gas” — while at the same time restricting emissions in advanced nations. This will, of course, choke economic growth in developed nations, but they deserve that fate as they “have basically expropriated the atmosphere of the world community,” he said. The fanaticism runs so deep that one professor has even suggested that we need to plunge ourselves into a depression to fight global warming.

Perhaps Naomi Klein summed up best what the warming the fuss is all about in her book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.”

“What if global warming isn’t only a crisis?” Klein asks in a preview of a documentary inspired by her book. “What if it’s the best chance we’re ever going to get to build a better world?”

In her mind, the world has to “change, or be changed” because an “economic system” — meaning free-market capitalism — has caused environmental “wreckage.”

This is how the global warming alarmist community thinks. It wants to frighten, intimidate and then assume command. It needs a “crisis” to take advantage of, a hobgoblin to menace the people, so that they will beg for protection from the imaginary threat. The alarmists’ “better world” is one in which they rule a global welfare state. They’ve admitted this themselves.

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