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Global Warming Isn't All That Bad: Scientists Say Agriculture Benefits From Carbon Emission

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Breaking away from usual scientific papers that tackle the hazards of climate change, Dr. Indur Goklany, former delegate of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), discussed in a report that global warming is not entirely bad and that carbon emissions actually benefit agriculture.

In the paper, which was published on Monday, Oct. 12 at the Global Warming Policy Foundation website, Goklany called for a reexamination of carbon dioxide, which according to him has numerous positive effects on nature and humanity.

Among Goklany's points is the ability of carbon to fertilize plants, which has already resulted in increased fossil fuel emissions - a great contributor to the health of crops. Carbon fertilization is said to be accountable for increasing yields by 10-15 percent at the minimum.

Goklany said that the estimated worth of global fertilization impacts coming in from carbon dioxide is $140 billion a year, and this extra production has provided assistance to hunger reduction and human health improvement.

Humans are not the only ones who can reap rewards from carbon dioxide as nature may benefit from lands not utilized for crops. Goklany noted that the wild places on the planet have become greener in the past decades due to increased carbon dioxide. Another thing is, carbon dioxide has been found to boost the water-use quality of plants, compelling them to become stronger in the face of drought - a double benefit in dry regions.

Contrary to notions that emphasize the catastrophic effects of global warming, the benefits of carbon dioxide are strongly confirmed and that these are already being realized now. Despite this, Goklany said the media continues to look past the good news, putting the public in the dark. "My report should begin to restore a little balance," he said.

Goklany further intensifies his statement by pointing out that although there have been a rise in warm days and dips in cool days, there have been no general rise in strength and frequency of weather extremes like tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts or floods.

The economy was said to have not undergone massive losses due to extreme weather conditions, in terms of growth in aggregate wealth, which instantly elevates the economic assets at risk.

A notable component of the report is its foreword care of popular physicist Professor Freeman Dyson, who backed up Goklany. He provided a mortifying explanation of why an entire generation of scientists is blind to apparent facts, saying that the way politicians and scientific experts think about controversial matters remains affiliated.

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