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Estimates of Global Food Production in the Year 2050 - Will We Produce Enough to Adequately Feed the World? Print E-mail

Global food security is one of the most pressing societal issues of our time. Based on food production databases assembled and maintained by the United Nations, I have identified the specific crops that supply 95% of the food needs of the world, six large regions into which the world may be divided, twenty sub-regions, and twenty-five individual countries of particular interest. I have then projected trends in the productivities of these key crops for each of these geographical areas to the year 2050, finding that expected advances in agricultural technology and expertise will significantly increase the food production potential of many countries and regions, but discovering that these advances will not increase production fast enough to meet the demands of the planet’s even faster-growing human population. The positive impact of Earth’s rising atmospheric CO2 concentration on crop yields, however, will considerably lessen the severity of the looming food shortage. In some regions and countries it will mean the difference between being food secure or food insecure; and it will aid in lifting untold hundreds of millions of people out of a state of hunger and malnutrition, thereby preventing widespread starvation and premature death.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 June 2011 16:48
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The Many Benefits of Atmostpheric CO2 Enrichment Print E-mail

SPPI has published a new Book, The Many Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment.

The full book can be purchased here: http://www.valeslake.com/bookmart.htm

Global warming alarmists tell us the horrors of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration. Skeptics tell us that it's not all that bad. Finally, there is a non-apologetic treatise that tells us of the benefits of atmospheric CO2 enrichment in an alphabetical format. This extensively referenced 360-page color book by Drs. Idso and Idso tells us of fifty-five benefits of atmospheric CO2 enrichment, and belongs in the library of all who study CO2 and climate.

That's 55 benefits. Fifty-five!

The benefits are not squeezed out of computer models, but are based on real data. CO2, after all, is plant food, absolutely necessary for all of the biosphere.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 February 2011 16:22
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A Fundamental Scientific Error in "Global Warming Print E-mail

On page 18 of Laurie David's new children's global warming book, there is a glaring scientific error. David tells children:

Deep down in the Antarctic ice are atmosphere samples from the past, trapped in tiny air bubbles. These bubbles, formed when snowflakes fell on the ice, are the key to figuring out two things about climate history: what temperatures were in the past and which greenhouse gases were present in the atmosphere at that time. The more the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the higher the temperature climbed. The less carbon dioxide, the more the temperature fell. You can see this relationship for yourself by looking at the graph:

What makes this graph so amazing is that by connecting rising CO2 to rising temperature scientists have discovered the link between greenhouse-gas pollution and global warming.” What really makes their graph “amazing” is that it’s dead wrong. In order to contrive a visual representation for their false central claim that CO2 controls temperature change, David and co-author Cambria Gordon present unsuspecting children with an altered temperature and CO2 graph that falsely reverses the relationship found in the scientific literature.



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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2009 07:14
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A Rational Look at Green Jobs Print E-mail
Recent public statements promote the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) as a way to create millions of green jobs. But the esoteric definition of green jobs may deliver employment far below what these statements lead average Americans to expect. The electric sector is likely to provide less than two or three percent of these projections in terms of direct employment. Furthermore, the net jobs creation is even less if one considers the dampening affect on the economy of higher energy costs and jobs displaced by building wind projects rather than other types of power projects. If net offsets are taken into account, an aggressive build-out of renewable energy may actually result in a decrease of jobs within the economy.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 12:46
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A Rational Look at Climate Change Concerns & the Implications for U.S. Power Companies Print E-mail
There is, perhaps, no subject that currently stands greater in importance—not to mention confusion, hype and hysteria—than the topic of climate change (formerly referred to as global warming). Regardless of man’s influence on the climate, policies under active debate and consideration could entirely change the way that we produce, and consume, energy to fuel our economy and lifestyle. This issue spans the globe, impacting both developed and developing countries. Whether the planet is in peril, or whether the risk is an artifice, potential climate change legislation will come with inescapable consequences, both intended and unintended; yet, the climate benefits may be negligible.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2009 07:10
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