Coming as no surprise to anyone with half a brain, climate change helps California’s redwood stands

Muir Woods

I enjoyed this little story from the Marin Independent Journal, which characterizes the benefits of climate change as a “surprise.”  It’s no surprise to me, because plants like sunshine:


Marin’s majestic redwoods — and others around the state — are experiencing unprecedented growth due to warmer temperatures and sunnier skies brought on by climate change, according to a report released Wednesday by the Save the Redwoods League.

“Sunlight, enough water and warm conditions is the perfect recipe to grow happy redwoods and that’s what we are seeing,” said Emily Burns, director of science for Save the Redwoods League and lead researcher of the report.

You can read the rest here.  If any of the climate change fanatics had any knowledge of life on hearty B.aG. (Before alGore),they’d know that (a) the earth’s climate has changed regularly since the moment of its formation several billion years ago; and (b) warming has always been better than cooling, since plants — which are the bottom of the food chain — thrive when there’s more sun and, owing to melting glaciers and polar caps, more water.  When plants thrive, animals thrive, including the human kind.

I know, I know!  I’m being generous when I accuse the climate change fanatics of being ignorant.  The masses are certainly ignorant, but there’s no doubt in my mind that the “geniuses” behind the global warming/climate change movement fully understand that climate changes naturally.  They just don’t care, and their very careful to hide that basic knowledge from the rest of us.  Their goal is to get the West off of fossil fuel because the Left believes that fossil fuel allows the West, especially America, to exert imperialist control over the Third World.

Put another way, rather than desiring to bring the standard of living in the Third World up, which requires affordable, easily usable energy — something that perfectly describes fossil fuel, which can be burned fairly cleanly given appropriate technology and investment — they want to bring the West down.  The Left’s goal when it seeks to create mass hysteria about “climate change” isn’t the betterment of human kind; it’s the destruction of Western, Judeo-Christian, Capitalist civilization.

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  • zombie

    Not only is the new redwood data not a surprise, it doubly confirms a game-changing study that came out a couple months ago that should have ended the entire climate hysteria:
    <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Satellites Show Carbon Dioxide Is Causing ‘Global Greening’</a>
    Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are bolstering plant life throughout the world, environmental scientists report in a newly published peer-reviewed study. The findings, published in Geophysical Research Letters, are gleaned from satellite measurements of global plant life, and contradict assertions by activists that global warming is causing deserts to expand, along with devastating droughts.
    A team of scientists led by environmental physicist Randall Donohue, a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia, analyzed satellite data from 1982 through 2010. The scientists documented a carbon dioxide “fertilization effect” that has caused a gradual greening of the Earth, and particularly the Earth’s arid regions, since 1982. The satellite data showed rising carbon dioxide levels caused a remarkable 11 percent increase in foliage in arid regions since 1982, versus what would be the case if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels had remained at 1982 levels.”
    The fundamentally destroys the entire “climate crisis” movement. Crisis? It’s a miracle! Yeah, there has been a rise in atmospheric CO2 since mankind began the industrial revolution. And the consequences of that? INCREASED PLANT LIFE, leading to INCREASED ANIMAL LIFE, leading to INCREASED BIODIVERSITY. Not just in one region, but WORLDWIDE.
    The redwoods are growing faster, BUT SO IS EVERYTHING ELSE.
    The other aspect of the study shows that increased CO2 is only weakly analogous to increased temperatures, but STRONGLY indicative of increased plant growth.
    There is only one conclusion:
    MANKIND’S USE OF CARBON-BASED ENERGY IS HELPING THE PLANET, increasing both the amount of life, and the variety of life, in all its forms, worldwide.
    Why do you think they call it the “greenhouse effect?” Because it makes plants grow — like in a greenhouse.
    More links about this jaw-dropping study, for the doubters:

    “WASHINGTON, DC—Scientists have long suspected that a flourishing of green foliage around the globe, observed since the early 1980s in satellite data, springs at least in part from the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere. Now, a study of arid regions around the globe finds that a carbon dioxide “fertilization effect” has, indeed, caused a gradual greening from 1982 to 2010.
    Focusing on the southwestern corner of North America, Australia’s outback, the Middle East, and some parts of Africa, Randall Donohue of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Canberra, Australia and his colleagues developed and applied a mathematical model to predict the extent of the carbon-dioxide (CO2) fertilization effect. They then tested this prediction by studying satellite imagery and teasing out the influence of carbon dioxide on greening from other factors such as precipitation, air temperature, the amount of light, and land-use changes.
    The team’s model predicted that foliage would increase by some 5 to 10 percent given the 14 percent increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration during the study period. The satellite data agreed, showing an 11 percent increase in foliage after adjusting the data for precipitation, yielding “strong support for our hypothesis,” the team reports.”

  • Charles Martel

    Regarding the Third World and supposed American/capitalist designs on it, it has always amused me how the true believers who come back from a sh**hole like Cuba or (now) Venezuela uniformly praise how the absence of decent goods and services has created a populace that practices kindness and solidarity. Freed of such temptations as adequate food, clothing, and shelter, and little lagniappes like uncensored Internet access, people’s behavior inches closer to that of the ideal Socialist Man’s.
    Inevitably these cretins attach the most painful modifier of all to their spews about liberated sh**tholians: “colorful.” When you see or hear a progressive use the word colorful, run! It is not good to spend too much time in the presence of a racist who finds dark-skinned people’s suffering “colorful.”

  • Mike Devx

    I can still get a good chuckle going when I remember my junior high school days.  I was an avid reader of simple science fiction and fantasy novels.  There was one very pleasurable read by Robert Silverberg called “Time Of The Great Freeze”, published in the mid 60’s.  
    Those were the years when the science was settled too.  We were headed for the big Ice Age, and in these kinds of speculative fictions, it would happen within our lifetime.  I still remember the main character stepping out the front door and having to climb the ladder 20 or 30 feet to reach the surface of the ice, to begin a trek.  Mr. Silverberg was warning us, warning us!  Warning us of what was coming with grim environmental prognostication.  And yes the science was settled.  I was your typical naive and highly programmable junior high school idiot, and I dutifully, like the good compliant little teenager I was, let myself be programmed. I ate that stuff up.
    These days: Chuckle, chuckle.
    ps.  I also read, at about the same time, Robert Heinlein’s “The Rolling Stones”.  I still consider that a truly great novel, even for adults.  It remains a rollicking, fun blast of pure, human joy.

  • Ymarsakar

    Pretty sure the Left will eventually use nukes to warm up the Earth’s atmosphere and then say “see, we were right”.

  • Charles Martel

    Mike, I liked Silverberg a lot. Good writer, interesting plots. Later though, like you, I came to see that he was limited by his PC notions. Heinlein, on the other hand, always dealt with eternal, universal themes. He’s always been worth revisiting, and you almost always come away thinking that he nailed the universals even if he didn’t the particulars.

  • Ymarsakar

    Silverberg wasn’t so bad. If you looked at David Brin though…