It was an interesting coincidence of reporting contrasting two takes on global warming.
The Independent from Britain had an “Official Prophecy of Doom” where they claimed to have read a leaked copy of an up-coming report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which, according to the story, predicted “Climate change will displace hundreds of millions of people by the end of this century, increasing the risk of violent conflict and wiping trillions of dollars off the global economy…” and “the report predicts that climate change will reduce median crop yields by 2 per cent per decade for the rest of the century – at a time of rapidly growing demand for food.”
In contrast, an editorial from the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change: “Needing More Food, but Biting the Hand that Feeds Us” notes that UN policy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions goes directly against efforts to produce more food for a growing population.
That is because carbon dioxide is plant food. CO2Science.org provides their Plant Growth Database, a listing of the experimental findings of the vast collection of scientific papers that show that increased carbon dioxide is good for food production. They document that “enriching the air with CO2 almost always leads to significant increases in the photosynthetic rates and biomass production of all of the world’s major food crops. And as for the highly-unlikely increase in global temperature that the world’s climate alarmists predict to result from projected increases in the air’s CO2 content, there are also many studies that reveal the positive consequences of warming for agriculture in Earth’s cooler high-latitude regions…”
Also, there is “the significant body of work that reveals that as the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration rises, the various temperatures at which different plants photosynthesize most proficiently rise right along with it” as they described well over a decade ago in a report entitled “The Spector of Species Extinction: Will Global Warming Decimate Earth’s Biosphere?”.
The Independent article invokes the “consensus” argument say that the UN report was“ put together by hundreds of respected scientists.” Well, we’ve seen how poorly the UN climate models work when compared with reality:
The UN IPCC is a political organization not a scientific one. Their entire existence depends upon presenting scary scenarios.
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be
led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” – H. L.