Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Solution to "Global Warming"?... More Air Pollution!!

Yes indeed, the "New Environmentalism" has dug a big hole, but hasn't quite hit bottom yet, so continues digging furiously.  They will continue, of course, until running out of Your Money.  This last sentence is of course unsettling.  We all thought the Europeans were doing their bit to save the planet, but now we find they are simply not belching out sufficient amounts of soot and fumes to shade us from Evil Sunlight.     J.D.

Air pollution helps plants blunt climate change: study
Apr 22 02:05 PM US/Eastern
Cleaning up skies choked with smog and soot would sharply curtail the capacity of plants to absorb carbon dioxide and blunt global warming, according to a study released on Wednesday.
Plant life -- especially tropical forests -- soak up a quarter of all the CO2 humans spew into the atmosphere, and thus plays a critical role in keeping climate change in check.
Through photosynthesis, vegetation transforms sunlight, CO2 and water into sugar nutrients.
Common sense would suggest that air pollution in the form of microscopic particles that obstruct the Sun's rays -- a phenomenon called "global dimming" -- would hamper this process, but the new study shows the opposite is true.
"Surprisingly, the effects of atmospheric pollution seem to have enhanced global plant productivity by as much as a quarter from 1960 to 1999," said Linda Mercado, a researcher at the Met Office Hadley Centre in Britain, and the study's lead author.
"This resulted in a net ten percent increase in the amount of carbon stored by the land," she said in a statement.
Global dimming was especially strong from the 1950s up through the 1980s, corresponding to the period of enhanced plant growth, notes the study, published in the British journal Nature.
Research published last month found that dimming has since continued almost everywhere in the world except Europe.

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