A few months ago I wrote a blog entry titled "The Great Barrier Reef Has A Bright Future". In it, I referenced a National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) film that tells the viewer that increased CO2 in the atmosphere leads to increased CO2 in the oceans which leads to "ocean acidification" which leads to the catastrophic destruction of the entire ocean food chain. Feeling suspicious that this alarming scenario was yet another attempt by groups who despise western civilization to justify their regulatory and redistributive ambitions, I started to do a little research on the topic. Within about five seconds (gotta love the Internet) I found a number of scientific references that were completely at odds with the conclusions advanced by the film. After summing up what I had found, I wrote this sentence: "So more CO2 equals more phytoplankton and more calcium carbonate--if anything, the base of the food chain is enhanced, not hurt, by increased CO2."
Yesterday I discovered that a fellow named Dr. Craig Idso from the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) has published a paper that is a full-blown, 54 page critique of the NRDC film. You can download the full report in PDF format here:
Here is his final paragraph from the report:
Finally, if there is a lesson to be learned from the materials presented in this document, it is that far too many predictions of CO2-induced catastrophes are looked upon as sure-to-occur, when real-world observations show such doomsday scenarios to be highly unlikely or even virtual impossibilities. The phenomenon of CO2-induced ocean acidification is no different. Rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations are not the bane of the biosphere; they are an invaluable boon to the planet's many life forms.
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