The Daily Caller reports biologists Andrew Lowe and Ben Sparrow have found over 1.2 billion acres of formerly dry lands in sub-Saharan Africa, the Mediterranean, central India, coastal Australia, western South America, northeastern Brazil, northern Colombia and Venezuela, and northern parts of the boreal forests in Canada and Russia,” are now covered in forest. The area is equal to seven states of Texas. If you have ever driven across Texas, you will be impressed.
And, they continued, “This increases current estimates of global forest cover by at least 9%,” and “…the increase in forest cover means forests hold up to 20 percent more carbon dioxide than previously thought.” We find this astounding, as they should be crediting the actual 30% increase in CO2, most of which is from the decomposition of limestone, dead plant and animal matter, on land and sea, a few percent from fossil fuel as documented in the George Woodwell study in the January 1978, Scientific American. Their errors, likely inspired by the government grant supporting the study, understate and misplace credit for natural desert recovery as the insignificant increase in CO2 to man is otherwise to green plants that feed, cloth and support us many ways. If anything this work says that we should be burning more fossil fuel, not less.
To their credit, the Daily Caller included the statement: “Patrick Michaels, a climate scientist at the libertarian Cato Institute, said the study reinforces the argument that man-made carbon dioxide emissions are causing global greening, in contrast to the global browning predicted by climate models.”
And, “Lowe and Sparrow say climate models predict drylands to expand as human activities cause the Earth to warm, and argue dryland forests should be conserved to help fight global warming. But previous studies suggest the same emissions scientists blame for global warming may also be increasing vegetation and tree cover through carbon dioxide “fertilization.”
The Daily Caller continued on a positive path noting: “A 2016 study by an international team of scientists found about half the Earth’s landmass showed “significant” greening while only four percent was browning.
“We were able to tie the greening largely to the fertilizing effect of rising atmospheric CO2 concentration by tasking several computer models to mimic plant growth observed in the satellite data,” Ranga Myneni, a study co-author, said in a statement.”
Most remarkably the Daily Caller reported: “That same study found that while climate models incorrectly predicted browning to occur in the western U.S., satellite observations showed widespread greening in the region.”
A 2013 study by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation found “CO2 fertilization correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa.”
This is a hopeful sign, and it comes from an Internet publication, not the main-stream media that should be reporting it instead of bowing to the DC Swamp denizens for money since they are so good at squeezing it from the ever beaten-down, bruised and battered taxpayer. The lesson is that there is hope in spite of our seeing so much yellow, twisted and torn journalism come from major media regarding a 29 year fraud that is so easily shown to be false. See http://ScienceFrauds.blogspot.com for “CO2 Is Innocent.”
There is more than hope.