Well, it looks like the climate change skeptics are starting to hedge their bets. Global climate is not changing. But if it does change, it’ll change for the better. At least that’s the gist of a book by the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change entitled “The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment”. The book documents 55 different ways that increasing global CO2 will benefit the world. Most of this is built on studies documenting increases in plant growth and/or photosynthesis associated with increasing CO2. If you’re interested you can look at a preview of the book at:
While CO2 enrichment can benefit plants and trees in the short term, it’s less clear how they will respond over the long term. For example, nutrition or water may soon become limiting such that the full CO2 ‘fertilization’ effect is never realized. Also, it’s likely that certain plants will benefit more from increased CO2 than others: Will exotic invasives gain an additional advantage over natives? And, of course, if rising CO2 results in increased global temps (which the Center denies) then all bets are off.
You can learn more about the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change at their website http://www.co2science.org/ There is a tab on the homepage where you can donate to support their cause. Why not? Exxon/Mobil already has.