Biospheric Productivity in Africa

By | November 29, 2012



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Nearly three decades ago, Idso (1986) published a small item in Nature that advanced the idea that the aerial fertilization effect of the CO2 that is liberated by the burning of coal, gas and oil was destined to dramatically enhance the productivity of Earth’s vegetation. In fact, in a book he had published four years earlier (Idso, 1982), he had predicted that “CO2 effects on both the managed and unmanaged biosphere will be overwhelmingly positive,” if not “mind-boggling.” And in a monograph based on a lecture he gave a few years later (Idso, 1995), he said that “we appear to be experiencing the initial stages of what could truly be called a rebirth of the biosphere, the beginnings of a biological rejuvenation that is without precedent in all of human history.” Consequently, and in light of the fact that such a worldview is the exact opposite of the apocalyptic vision promoted by climate alarmists, it is instructive to see what others have discovered and published about the matter; and in this summary we report such information for the continent of Africa.