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A Carbon-Free World Spells Disaster

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By Wednesday, 04 March 2020 09:55 AM Current | Bio | Archive

While I may sound boring, I like to take issue with politically correct statements (as released by BP on Feb. 12, 2020): "BP today set a new ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner."

A statement echoed by many politicians. Why?

If such a carbon-free world should really happen, then the world will look like a desert since all plants and trees would disappear being deprived of their basic nourishment (carbon).

Most living things, including humans, will die for lack of carbon in their basic food and internal heating. Carbon being the basic building blocks in protein (50% carbon content) which makes our muscles and bones (bones are made of 15% carbon).

Trees give us a valuable lesson how carbon in CO2 affects living things.

According to scientific studies, during the period from1961 and 2010, the CO2 content in air increased from about 320 parts per million (ppm) to 400 ppm; an increase of 25%.

Yet, during this period, the net primary plant production in the world increased by 21.5%.

A similar study shows a 10% increase in CO2 resulted in an 8% increase in vegetation.

It stands therefore to reason, that any 50% decrease in atmospheric CO2 could result in a 40% reduction in plants and trees.

A disaster indeed.

As I pointed out in one of my previous blogs, a carbon atom cannot be destroyed.

It may change chemical combinations with other atoms such as Oxygen, Hydrogen, Calcium, and so on. It is theoretically possible that a particular carbon atom, part of my CO2 breath, could have been part of the breath of a dinosaur a million years ago.

Most of the carbon in the air is absorbed by land and oceans.

As measurements showed, the portion of CO2 absorbed by land between 1950 and 2010 has doubled (coinciding with a period of the highest human CO2 production as is claimed.)

Judging by all this, politicians should be careful when fighting CO2, and should be aware of the unintended consequences.

As always, Mother Nature always finds a way to balance chemical or physical effects and to reduce excesses whenever they occur. This is exemplified that when carbon in the air increases so more carbon will be absorbed by land and oceans.

Dr. Hans Baumann, a former Corporate Vice President and founder of his company, is a well known inventor, economist, and author having published books on scientific, economic, and historical subjects. He is a member of the American Research Society and an Inductee of the Hall of Fame of Automatic Control, besides also being an honorary member of a number of technical societies. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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As always, Mother Nature always finds a way to balance chemical or physical effects and to reduce excesses whenever they occur. This is exemplified that when carbon in the air increases so more carbon will be absorbed by land and oceans.
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