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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Don't fear climate change - rising CO2 levels and a warming planet could be beneficial, claims study -- By Jonathan O'Callaghan, DailyMail.co.uk

  • New report published by the Heartland Institute says human-caused global warming might not be so bad
  • Report cites more than 1,000 studies that highlight 'benefits'
  • These include an apparent increased productivity of plant life
  • Claims the IPCC has overstated the damaging effects of a warming climate
  • Institute previously claimed smoking was not a serious cause of cancer

  • Even some of the world’s most sceptical climate organisations now concede that humans might be causing the planet to warm.

    But in a surprising move the Heartland Institute has published a paper claiming that the effects of pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere could in fact be beneficial.

    The new report by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) has provided the alternative view on the impacts of manmade climate change.

    A load of hot air? A controversial new report claims the impacts of climate change could be beneficial
    A load of hot air? A controversial new report claims the impacts of climate change could be beneficial
    ‘The ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 content is causing a great greening of the Earth,’ says the report, called Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts.

    ‘All across the planet, the historical increase in the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration has stimulated vegetative productivity.

    ‘This observed stimulation, or greening of the Earth, has occurred in spite of many real and imagined assaults on Earth’s vegetation, including fires, disease, pest outbreaks, deforestation, and climatic change.’

    The oil company-backed report goes on to state that agricultural production will increase as CO2 levels rise.

    It even goes on to suggest that a warming planet will reduce the amount of human deaths.

    More lives will be saved by global warming by reducing ‘cold-related deaths than those lost under excessive heat,’ according to the report.

    It says the conclusions reached by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that a warming planet could have devastating effects, were ‘unjustifiably alarmist.’
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