Global Warming and God
I have been saying for about two decades that I think our global climate change is cyclical in nature and that God has the whole thing under control. We recycle, we pay attention to water usage and energy usage. We choose to be good stewards with the gift of Planet Earth God gave us not because we have been convinced by others that we have reason to fear our planet.
Looks like our thinking has been more right than wrong. A few days ago I saw this on Facebook.
Remember the experts warning that global warming would turn the planet into a barren, burning desert? Yeah, about that… A new study by Harvard and the US Forest Service found that even though rising CO2 levels have led to less water in the atmosphere, trees are using water more efficiently than they were 20 years ago. Scientists expected trees not to be able to reach their maximum growth with less water, but they were stunned at how much trees have adjusted to the change and are growing anyway. And the more they grow, the more CO2 they take out of the air. It’s almost as if the Earth’s eco-system has survived for eons because it’s filled with checks and balances that are beyond man’s ability to comprehend. But no, I shouldn’t say that. It might sound too much like a belief in God.
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I did a quick search for the article Mr. Huckabee mentioned – it’s dated last week so this is very new information regarding a decades long study. It’s an interesting article and, although the scientists don’t give God the credit, I will.
Spurred by increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, forests over the past two decades have become dramatically more efficient in how they use water, a Harvard study has found.
Studies had long predicted that plants would begin to use water more efficiently as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rose. But a team led by research associate Trevor Keenan and Andrew Richardson, assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, has found that forests around the world are becoming more efficient than expected.
Using data collected from forests in the northeastern United States and around the world, Keenan and Richardson found greater increases in efficiency than those predicted by even the most state-of-the-art computer models. The work, which was done in collaboration with researchers from Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, the U.S. Forest Service, Ohio State University, Indiana University, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, is described in a July 10 paper in Nature.
“This could be considered a beneficial effect of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide,” said Keenan, the first author of the paper. “What’s surprising is we didn’t expect the effect to be this big. A large proportion of the ecosystems in the world are limited by water. They don’t have enough water during the year to reach their maximum growth. If they become more efficient at using water, they should be able to take more carbon out of the atmosphere due to higher growth rates.”