Guess you're in the IET pay section, or at least you were?
Originally posted by: Ipayyoursalary
DECC could do with some decent engineers. Perhaps they could explain to them how you can't power a modern economy on intermittent wind turbines, how the UK's 1.7% contribution to mankind's 3% contribution to total natural CO2 emissions is completely negligible and how cheap abundant energy is an essential ingredient for improving human health and wellbeing. They could also explain that spending £ Billions pumping a harmless natural plant fertisiling gas underground is a huge waste of money, energy and resources.
Wow, you really seem to have an opinion! Well you're entitled to it, and the reputation that goes with spreading mis-information and pseudo-science. Still, it gives me an opportunity to respond to your points and so present the main-stream peer-reviewed science upon which decisions should be based.
Carbon Dioxide Could Reduce Crop Yields
ScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2012):
the more carbon dioxide the better? The equation is unfortunately not as simple as that. The plants, which ensure our basic food supply today, have not been bred for vertical growth but for short stalks and high grain yields.
I make no apology for extensive use of SkepticalScience.com
. It is a very well organised resource, helping the reader with introductory comments at up to 3 levels (which I'll paste in here), then a full discussion (often with graphs) littered with references to other sources including main-stream scientific papers, then a further reading section, and even a discussion.
Climate Myths sorted by taxonomy
Just because something is a small percentage doesn't mean to say it's not significant, think catalysts...
Are humans too insignificant to affect global climate?
Humans are small but powerful, and human CO2 emissions are causing global warming.
- nice graph.
and the Intermediate level
Atmospheric CO2 levels are rising by 15 gigatonnes per year. Humans are emitting 26 gigatonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. Humans are dramatically altering the composition of our climate.
- more nice graphs
How do human CO2 emissions compare to natural CO2 emissions?
The natural cycle adds and removes CO2 to keep a balance; humans add extra CO2 without removing any. and the Intermediate level
The CO2 that nature emits (from the ocean and vegetation) is balanced by natural absorptions (again by the ocean and vegetation). Therefore human emissions upset the natural balance, rising CO2 to levels not seen in at least 800,000 years. In fact, human emit 26 gigatonnes of CO2 per year while CO2 in the atmosphere is rising by only 15 gigatonnes per year - much of human CO2 emissions is being absorbed by natural sinks.
CO2 is plant food
More Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is not necessarily good for plants.and the Advaanced level
The effects of enhanced CO2 on terrestrial plants are variable and complex and dependent on numerous factors
Cutting Carbon Dioxide Could Help Prevent Droughts, New Research Shows
The team's work shows that carbon dioxide rapidly affects the structure of the atmosphere, causing quick changes precipitation, as well as many other aspects of Earth's climate, well before the greenhouse gas noticeably affects temperature.
- interesting that we're seeing alot of droughts and floods...
Geoff Benn BSc(Hons) CEng MIET
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