The Many Benefits of Rising Atmospheric CO2 — An Introduction – Watts Up With That?

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By Craig D. Idso — April 6, 2022

Dr. Craig Idso, president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, and the new director of MasterResource, invites readers to join him in a new series of articles looking at the many ways that rising of atmospheric carbon dioxide benefits humanity and nature.

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide: You cannot see, hear, smell, or taste it. But it is there, all around us, and it is crucial to life. Composed of one carbon and two oxygen atoms, this simple molecule serves as the main raw material from which plants build their tissues, which in turn provide the materials with which animals build theirs. Knowledge of the key life-giving and life-sustaining role played by carbon dioxide, or COtwois so well established, in fact, that humans, and all the rest of the biosphere, are described in the most basic terms as carbon based life forms. We simply could not and would not exist without it.

Ironically, too many demonize and falsely label this important atmospheric gas as a pollutant. Could not be farther from the truth. Instead of being warded off like the plague, the continued rise of COtwo It should be Welcome with open arms.

How do I know this?

Over the past three decades of my professional career, I have conducted countless hours of research, conducted multiple experiments, published a number of articles in professional journals, authored several books, created feature-length videos and documentaries, and written thousands of commentary articles exploring the effects. of COtwo on the biosphere (much of that work can be found in my COtwo Science website, In all these activities I have come to know that, far from being a pollutant, this colorless, odourless, tasteless and invisible gas benefits the biosphere in multiple ways. And I want to share that knowledge with you!

To achieve this goal, in the coming months I will publish a series of articles outlining several key benefits of atmospheric COtwo enrichment provides both humanity and nature. Articles will explore topics such as the effects of COtwo on plant growth and water use efficiency, a COtwo-induced greening of the planet, the monetary benefits of increased COtwo in crop yields, and much, much more. Look for posts at the rate of approximately two per month.

Unfortunately, the majority of the population remains woefully unaware of the many positive impacts of COtwo about the biosphere. This is not a surprise, considering the constant and steady stream of misinformation our society endures from sources dedicated to demeaning and defaming COtwo. In addition, world governments, non-governmental organizations, international agencies, social think tanks, and even reputable scientific organizations are attempting to assess the possible consequences of rising atmospheric CO.two The rallies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars writing and promoting big reports about it.

However, these efforts have failed miserably because they have neglected to assess or even recognize the multiple real and measurable benefits of the continuous increase of CO2 in the airtwo contents. As a result, many important and positive impacts of atmospheric COtwo enrichment continues to be underestimated and largely ignored in the debate over what to do or not do about anthropogenic COtwo emissions. And that omission does not bode well for policy decisions.

I hope you will join me on this informative journey as we explore the many benefits of COtwo and I hope you will share what you read and learn with others. Social change occurs when individuals inform each other one by one. Together we can help make that happen!

-Dr. craig idso


CRAIG D.IDSO is the founder, former president and currently president of the Center for Carbon Dioxide and Global Change Studies. The Center was founded in 1998 as a nonprofit public charity dedicated to discovering and disseminating scientific information related to the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide enrichment on the climate and biosphere. The Center produces the online newsletter, COtwo Scienceand maintains a massive online collection of editorials and reviews of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles related to global climate change.

Dr. Idso’s research has appeared many times in peer-reviewed journals, including Geophysical Investigation Letters, Environmental and Experimental Botany, Ecology and Forest Management, Climate Diary, Physical geography, atmospheric environment, Technology, Biology Quarterly Review, Energy and Environmentand the Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Idso is the author or co-author of several books, including The many benefits of atmospheric COtwo Enrichment (Voucher Lake Publishing, LLC, 2011), COtwoGlobal Warming and Species Extinctions (Voucher Lake Publishing, LLC, 2009), COtwoGlobal Warming and Coral Reefs (Voucher Lake Publishing, LLC, 2009); Improved or deteriorated? Human Health in a COtwo-World warmer enriched (Center for Carbon Dioxide and Global Change Studies, 2003); and The Specter of Species Extinction: Will Global Warming Decimate Earth’s Biosphere? (George C. Marshall Institute, 2003). Contributed chapters to McKittrick, R. (Ed.), Critical Issues in Global Warming (Fraser Institute, 2009) and Soil Science Encyclopedia (Marcel Decker, 2002). Dr. Idso has also produced several short video works and three feature-length documentaries, Carbon dioxide and the climate crisis: reality or illusion? (2008), Carbon dioxide and the climate crisis: preventing the extinction of plants and animals (2008), and Carbon Dioxide and the Climate Crisis: Doing the Right Thing (2008).

In 2009, Dr. Idso became the lead author and editor of the Non-Governmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), overseeing a team of internationally renowned scientists in the production of several major reports on climate change. Those reports include Climate Change Reconsidered: 2009 Report of the Non-Governmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), Climate Change Reconsidered: Interim Report 2011, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Physical Sciencesand Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts. His most recent work with the NIPCC is summarized in his 2019 report, Climate Change Reconsidered II: Fossil Fuelswhere he contributed as lead author or contributor to several chapters.

Dr. Idso received a BA in Geography from Arizona State University, an MA in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University, where he also studied as part of a small group of graduate college fellows. Previous positions include Director of Environmental Sciences at Peabody Energy in St. Louis, Missouri; faculty researcher in the Arizona State University Office of Climatology; and Professor of Meteorology at Arizona State University.

Dr. Idso’s professional associations have included membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences, the Association of American Geographers, the Ecological Society of America, the Geological Society of America and The Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Dr. Idso has also served as an Adjunct Scholar for the Cato Institute and is currently a Policy Advisor for the OC.two Coalition, the Heartland Institute, and the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow.

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