Going back to third grade science class, I will explain to you why carbon dioxide is harmless to the environment and why it is necessary for life.
Most of the world’s oxygen supply comes from plants through a process known as photosynthesis.
The ingredients needed for photosynthesis to occur are…
- carbon dioxide.
Carbon dioxide from the air enters the stomata in the leaves. Next, water is absorbed by the roots and passes through the vessels in the stems and leaves, this is known as capillary action. Then, the leaves absorb chemical energy from the Sun.
After the ‘ingredients’ enter the plant, the chlorophyll absorbs the Sun’s energy. The Sun’s chemical energy is used to split water molecules into separate hydrogen and oxygen atoms, in which the oxygen is released into the air through the leaves of the plant… and of course, we all know, all life forms need oxygen to survive. Meanwhile, the CO2 and the hydrogen are used to form glucose for food for plants.
Without carbon dioxide, plants wouldn’t be able to complete the process of photosynthesis. The key ingredients for the process are CO2, H2O, and sunlight. And without photosynthesis, there would be no oxygen, which means no life.
Now, let’s talk about CO2 and the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is only 0.04% of the atmosphere and only 0.2% of that CO2 is man-made.
Plus, carbon dioxide is only about 4% of all greenhouse gases. Water vapor is by far the biggest greenhouse gas.
Another bonus is the fact that carbon dioxide is actually making the Earth greener, despite deforestation in some countries. Even NASA themselves admit this.
However, NASA and NOAA seem to ignore the fact that proxy data shows that there have been glacial periods with CO2 levels at 5,000 parts per million, which is just over 12 times higher than CO2 is today.
Carbon dioxide is a harmless gas. Without it, life would cease to exist and the oxygen supply would dwindle. Nevertheless, CO2 has very little correlation with temperature. Usually, temperature goes up first, then CO2 will eventually follow.
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George, R. (n.d.). Global Greening – Russ George. Retrieved from http://russgeorge.net/2014/06/28/global-greening/
Not Acceptable!. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://photosynthesiseducation.com/photosynthesis-for-kids/