Outrage: Carbon Emissions Causing Rainforest to Grow Faster
By Philip Hodges
For all of the tree-huggers’ talk about wanting to save the rainforest, you’d think they’d be all for increasing carbon emissions to feed all the plant life. But instead, we’re told that carbon emissions will heat up the world, melt all the ice and flood all the land, wiping out the human race. So far, that hasn’t quite happened yet, but what has happened is that apparently rainforests are sucking tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, causing them to grow more rapidly than before. The Daily Mail reported on the NASA study:
Tropical forests are growing faster than scientists thought due to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
A Nasa-led study has found that tropical forests are absorbing 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year as they photosynthesize and grow. And this is far more than is absorbed by the vast areas of boreal forest that encircle the Arctic. The researchers claim their findings show that rainforests like the Amazon are essential for soaking up excess greenhouse gases, and play a far greater role than had been previously realized.
Dr David Schimel, a researcher at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, who led the study, said: ‘This is good news, because uptake in boreal forests is already slowing, while tropical forests may continue to take up carbon for many years.’ However, Dr Schimel and his colleagues warn that deforestation in tropical rainforests could exacerbate climate change by leaving more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
In total, they estimate that forests and other vegetation absorb around 2.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide, about 30 per cent of that emitted by humans. As emissions add more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, forests worldwide are using it to grow faster. However, the rate at which they absorb this has been hard to estimate with many studies producing contradictory results.
As many rainforests consist of mature trees that are often hundreds of years old, they were not thought to absorb much carbon dioxide. Young fast growing trees tend to absorb more carbon dioxide as they use the carbon as they grow. Global air flows and data on deforestation also suggested tropical forests were releasing more carbon dioxide than they absorb. But this new study suggests the tropical forests are using far more of the carbon, and so growing far faster than previously believed. This is yet another convenient excuse that scientists are using to explain why global warming hasn’t been witnessed in the past 20 years.
Recently, the White House science advisor remarked that the Earth is actually poised to suffer another “ice age,” but because of excessive carbon emissions through human activity, the effect is offset, and an ice age has been averted as a result. It’s the same thing with the rainforest: “We haven’t been experiencing global warming, because the rainforests have been sucking up all the excess carbon dioxide. If it weren’t for the rainforests, we’d be certainly experiencing extremely high temperatures.”
So, where does this leave us? The tree-hugger group should be happy that the tropical rainforests are thriving better than before because of “excess” carbon dioxide in the air. And the climate alarmists should be happy that an “ice age” has been averted because of “excess” carbon dioxide offsetting Earth’s natural cycles. But they’d all still argue that we need to drastically alter our way of life in order to eliminate carbon emissions. What effect would that have on the rainforests that they claim to adore so much? If “excess” carbon emissions have averted an ice age, would eliminating carbon emissions allow one to happen?
Of course, the one explanation that they will absolutely not entertain under any circumstances no matter where the evidence leads is that carbon emissions have no effect on the global climate. Any other explanation will do, but that one is intolerable. They have to maintain this junk science in order to be able to hand the monopolistic reigns of the energy market over to the “green” industry. That’s what this is all about. Power and money. And those with the most money will use the government as a weapon to outlaw their competition.