Carbon Dioxide is not Pollution
Written by Viv Forbes, The Carbon Sense Coalition
The Carbon Sense Coalition has accused those waging a war on carbon dioxide of being “anti-green”. The Chairman of Carbon Sense, Mr Viv Forbes, said that carbon dioxide is the gas of life, feeding every green plant, producing food for every animal and in the process releasing oxygen, another gas of life, into the atmosphere.
A recent report on measuring global vegetation growth notes that data from remote sensing devices show significant increase in annual vegetation growth during the last three decades. They also report that CO2 fertilization is more important than climate variation in determining the magnitude of the vegetation growth. “The CO2 fertilization effect of the carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere by mankind’s burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, gas and oil, is beginning to assume its vaulted position of being a tremendous “boon to the biosphere. . .”
Current levels of carbon dioxide are well below optimal levels for plants, so all true environmentalists should welcome any increase – all life would benefit if the carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere was triple current levels.
The biosphere always flourishes during the recurring but short warm eras on Earth. Ice ages are the times of extinctions. As oceans warm, carbon dioxide is expelled and water evaporates. Warmth, and more moisture and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere provide ideal growing conditions for the green world.
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is replenished mainly from warming oceans but also from termites, volcanoes and exhaling animals, assisted by about a 3% contribution from burning carbon fuels.
No rational person could define carbon dioxide as “pollution”. It is a harmless, non-toxic, colourless natural gas that is the essential food for all plants which then produce food and oxygen for all animals.
Almost everything in coal was derived from plant material so burning it is no more dangerous than burning wood. Both will suffocate you if burnt in a confined space, but when dispersed in the vast atmosphere their emissions are beneficial plant fertilisers.
Naturally we should minimise real pollution of land, atmosphere and oceans.
Everything that man does could be seen to create some “pollution”. But very little pollution comes from modern coal-burning power stations. Modern power stations have extensive filtration equipment which ensures that the exhaust gases are harmless natural gases already present in the atmosphere – nitrogen, water vapour and carbon dioxide – all essential to sustaining life on Earth.
The smogs of Asia are not caused by burning washed coal in modern power stations. They are caused by burning everything else, usually in dirty open fires. They burn cow dung, wood, cardboard, plastic, paper, recycled oil, tyres, dirty coal, kerosene – anything available that will cook food, provide warmth/light or deter mosquitoes. Forest fires in Indonesia, cremations in India and dust from the massive Gobi desert all add to Asian air pollution. As do old worn-out boilers, furnaces, engines and obsolete power stations which can spew unfiltered exhaust gases, ash, soot and unburnt fuel into the air.
These are what cause real air pollution – carbon dioxide does not.
Fifty years ago, the suffocating smogs of London and Pittsburgh were solved by:
The same solution will banish most Asian smogs today.
If you are still concerned about carbon dioxide and would like to read more:
CSIRO says: Rising CO2 is turning the world’s deserts GREEN:
As carbon dioxide increases, the planet has become green:
Rising carbon dioxide creates global greening:
How carbon dioxide is greening the planet:
Warmer temperatures and increasing carbon dioxide is causing a greening of the globe:http://www.co2science.org/education/reports/greening/TheStateofEarthsTerrestrialBiosphere.pdf
The Benefits of rising carbon dioxide. Numerous studies conducted on hundreds of different plant species testify to the very real and measurable growth enhancing, water saving, and stress alleviating advantages that elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations bestow upon Earth’s plants:
The Asian Brown Cloud is Real Pollution:
Pollution of city air is nothing new:
Is Coal Dirty – some facts on coal combustion:
How they clean up coal exhaust products: