Is CO2 Going To Kill Us All?

That is not what a new study suggests

Climate change and the carbon emissions seem inextricably linked. However, new research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Carbon Balance and Management suggests that this may not always hold true, although it may be some time before we reach this saturation point.

The land and the oceans contain significantly more carbon than the atmosphere, and exchange carbon dioxide with the atmosphere. The amount of CO2 emissions absorbed by the land or the oceans vary in response to changes in climate (including natural variations such as El Nino or volcanic eruptions). So current theories suggest that climate change will have a feedback effect on the rate that atmospheric CO2 increases; rising CO2 levels in turn add to global warming.

That final part is an interesting theory, however, the actual data shows that CO2 increases after the temperatures go up. Nice that they mentioned that natural forces are in play, though.

The link between the carbon cycle, and human effects caused by emissions, energy use and agriculture, may only be relevant for the next ‘several centuries,’ suggest Igor Mokhov and Alexey Eliseev from the A.M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics RAS, in Moscow, Russia.

In their models, Mokhov and Eliseev found that although climate–carbon cycle feedback grows initially, it then peaks and eventually decreases to a point where the feedback ceases. If we succeed in slowing down the rate of emissions, the peak would be reached much later. However, a steep increase in emissions would bring the peak in coupling between climate and carbon emissions even closer.

In other words, the atmosphere can only hold so much. Interesting proposition.

Meanwhile

Millions of the world’s poorest children are among the principal victims of climate change caused by the rich developed world, a United Nations report said on Tuesday, calling for urgent action.

The Unicef report Our Climate, Our Children, Our Responsibility measured action on targets set in the UN Millennium Development Goals, aimed at halving child poverty by 2015. It found failure on counts from health to survival, education and gender equality.

“It is clear that a failure to address climate change is a failure to protect children,” said Unicef United Kingdom director David Bull. “Those who have contributed least to climate change — the world’s poorest children — are suffering the most.”

Um, OK. However, if the climahysterics have their way in reducing the expansion of the industrialized world and stopping Third World countries from expanding their own infrastructure, then the poor will suffer worse. The idea should be to lift them out of their conditions through modern means, rathern then limiting them, especially when it comes from people who gots theirs but do not want these poor countries to gets theirs.

Besides, I have a hard time listening to and believing these folks who have directly caused millions upon millions of deaths due to their banning of DDT.

Finally, in good global warming news, global warming slows the spread of certain weeds, which helps increase food supplies.

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One Response to “Is CO2 Going To Kill Us All?”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Yes Teach the level of CO2 has varried greatly over the last 3-4 billion years ( or the last 10,000 if you believe in the “young earth theory”.
    However the RATE of change has never been as high as it is now. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5314592.stm

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