#1 Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster: Study shows trees absorb more greenhouse gas than expected by Cincinnatus 02.01.2015 22:12

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Oh dear, oh dear. What are we to do? According to the GW/CC crowd the rainforests are the "lungs" of the world and must be protected for the good of us all. But, otoh, CO2 emissions are just a terrible thing and are gonna kill us all. Oh dear.

"Tropical forests are growing faster than scientists thought due to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

A Nasa-led study has found that tropical forests are absorbing 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year as they photosynthesise and grow.

And this is far more than is absorbed by the vast areas of boreal forest that encircle the Arctic.

The researchers claim their findings show that rainforests like the Amazon are essential for soaking up excess greenhouse gases, and play a far greater role than had been previously realised.

Dr David Schimel, a researcher at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, who led the study, said: 'This is good news, because uptake in boreal forests is already slowing, while tropical forests may continue to take up carbon for many years.'"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/a...s-expected.html

#2 RE: Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster: Study shows trees absorb more greenhouse gas than expected by algernonpj 03.01.2015 11:59

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"Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster: Study shows trees absorb more greenhouse gas than expected"

Now whodda thunk it since CO2 which has been declared a 'dangerous pollutant' by the EPA (http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/envir...co2-a-pollutant )

Why even wiki knows is essential to plant life on earth.:
"Photosynthesis is a process used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy, normally from the Sun, into chemical energy that can be later released to fuel the organisms' activities. This chemical energy is stored in carbohydrate molecules, such as sugars, which are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water – hence the name photosynthesis, from the Greek φῶς, phōs, "light", and σύνθεσις, synthesis, "putting together".[1][2][3] In most cases, oxygen is also released as a waste product. Most plants, most algae, and cyanobacteria perform photosynthesis, and such organisms are called photoautotrophs. Photosynthesis maintains atmospheric oxygen levels and supplies all of the organic compounds and most of the energy necessary for life on Earth.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosynthesis "

#3 RE: Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster: Study shows trees absorb more greenhouse gas than expected by Sanguine 03.01.2015 12:18

I thought we knew this?

#4 RE: Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster: Study shows trees absorb more greenhouse gas than expected by algernonpj 03.01.2015 12:24

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Quote: Sanguine wrote in post #3
I thought we knew this?

Only some of us.

Those who do science by consensus either didn't or found the information to be an inconvenient truth. I shudder to think what is taught in science class these days.

#5 RE: Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster: Study shows trees absorb more greenhouse gas than expected by Sanguine 03.01.2015 13:01

Agreed, Algernon. I taught science many years ago, but I can only imagine what they teach now.

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