Carbon dioxide: villain or essential for life
Carbon dioxide is good for the planet. Plants die without it. If you disagree don’t breathe out.
First let’s be clear about the difference between carbon dioxide and real pollutants.
Humans have an effect on weather and climate in many ways. Cities create an urban heat island effect where temperatures, particularly at night become warmer. Forests trap warmth and moisture and when they are cut down temperatures become less stable. Condensation trails from aircraft also have an effect. So too does dust from ploughed fields and pollution from human activities.
Somewhat strangely, Alarmists have singled out carbon dioxide to blame. It is an unlikely villain as it is a colorless, odorless gas, completely non-toxic and soluble. It is the ingredient that makes soda bubbly. Most people don’t realize that carbon dioxide is part of the “carbon cycle” with animals breathing it out, and plants taking it in as their food. Without it plants die.
When fossil fuels are burned they produce pollutants such as sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides, chlorofluorocarbons, carbon monoxide and ozone as well as soot and ash. These emissions are smelly, irritating and mostly toxic. In large parts of China and India they are ever-present, contributing to the early death as many as 2 million people every year. In Canada these emissions are strictly regulated.
Dr. Patrick Moore is one of our supporters. He has Ph.D. in ecology and is a veteran of peace and environmental activism having faced down the harpoons of whaling ships as a founding member of Greenpeace. In this video explains the benefits of increasing levels of CO2 in the environment.