The Trees are Getting Bigger! By Brian Simpson

Here is some good news from the mainstream who accept the climate change narrative. On the global warming hypothesis, there is increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. But carbon dioxide is a plant food. And indeed, a recent report has indicated that at least trees are loving it, getting bigger, by a process called carbon fertilisation. The question to be asked now is that this probably applies to all green plants in general. So, will increased plant growth act as a carbon sink? And has the mainstream bracketed that into their equations and climate change computer models? Probably not.

"Trees are feasting on decades of carbon dioxide emissions and growing bigger as a result, according to a new study of U.S. forests.

Scientists tracked wood volume in 10 different tree groups from 1997 to 2017, finding that all except aspen-birch grew larger. Over that same period, carbon dioxide levels went from 363 parts per million to 405 parts per million, owing largely to the burning of fossil fuels. More abundant CO2 accelerates photosynthesis, causing plants to grow faster, a phenomenon known as "carbon fertilization." The findings were published in the journal Nature Communications.

The study suggests that even as warming threatens forests by fueling drought, insect infestations, and wildfires, rising CO2 levels mean that tree-planting is an increasingly cost-effective method of fighting climate change, as the same number of trees can sequester more carbon, said Brent Sohngen, an environmental scientist at Ohio State University and coauthor of the study.

"While we're putting billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, we're actually taking much of it out just by letting our forests grow," Sohngen said in a statement. "We should be planting more trees and preserving older ones, because at the end of the day they're probably our best bet for mitigating climate change."



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Wednesday, 12 June 2024

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