Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (updated)

Published November 1, 2007

A review of the research literature concerning the environmental consequences of increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide leads to the conclusion that increases during the 20th and early 21st centuries have produced no deleterious effects upon Earth’s weather and climate. Increased carbon dioxide has, however, markedly increased plant growth. Predictions of harmful climatic effects due to future increases in hydrocarbon use and minor greenhouse gases like CO2 do not conform to current experimental knowledge. The environmental effects of rapid expansion of the nuclear and hydrocarbon energy industries are discussed.

Three respected scientists, Arthur B. Robinson, Noah E. Robinson, and Willie Soon, have written a review article on climate change that is generating considerable “buzz” in the scientific community. The essay, published originally in the peer-reviewed Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, could fundamentally change the world-wide debate on global warming.

Dr. Arthur Robinson is cofounder and professor of chemistry with the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine and editor of Access to Energy, a highly respected and influential newsletter on energy and environmental topics. Dr. Robinson directed the Petition Project, which has obtained the support and signatures of more than 19,000 American scientists for a petition opposed to the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming.

Dr. Noah Robinson is also professor of chemistry with the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine and conducts research and coauthors books and articles with his father.

Dr. Willie Soon is an astrophysicist at the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, science director and contributor at Tech Central Station, and a fellow with the George C. Marshall Institute.

Robinson, Robinson, and Soon do a terrific job dissecting the myths and mistakes contained in the mainstream media’s portrayal of climate change issues.