Many believe that around 20,000 years ago, Earth was inches away from an ecological disaster. The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere fell to its lowest recorded level in 4.5 billion years, a mere 180 ppm. If it had dropped a bit lower, most plant life – and with it, animals and humans – would have gone extinct.
Article by Caroline Adana from Liberty Nation.
When plants first evolved on our planet, the carbon dioxide level was 10-20 times higher than today. It provided an abundance of food from which plants could grow. A key component in photosynthesis is the enzyme rubisco, which evolved 2.4 billion years ago. It is perhaps the most abundant protein in the world.
In high concentrations of carbon dioxide, rubisco works well. However, it rapidly loses its efficiency at lower levels. At the ice age level of 180 ppm, most plants are nearly suffocating. To compensate for the lack of food, the plants grow more breathing holes, called stomata. However, for every carbon dioxide molecule a plant absorbs through such a hole, it loses around 100 molecules of water. In short: It dries up.
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That’s no problem in a warm and wet world with plenty of rain – but the cold climate in the ice age also meant far less precipitation. The combination of low carbon dioxide levels and dry weather 20,000 years ago rendered nearly the entire planet into deserts and grasslands.
Life could still survive under this condition, but if carbon dioxide had dropped to below 100 ppm, most plants would go extinct, including the oceanic planktons that are the food source of sea animals. Even grass species, which have evolved a specific mechanism to handle low levels, would struggle.
Carbon dioxide fell to a historical low because of fossilization and sedimentation of organic carbon. Over hundreds of millions of years, this has depleted the carbon cycle of more than 95% of its material. Paradoxically, life has been the source of its long-term starvation and inevitable extinction.
What’s worse, there was no end in sight for the downward trend. In a few million years, most life could be gone.
An Eye Blink
Fortunately, the ice age ended 10,000 years ago, and CO2 rose high enough to enable agriculture. Twenty thousand years sounds like an eternity, but in the scale of Earth’s 4.5-billion-year existence, it is barely the blink of an eye. Imagine if Earth’s history started 24 hours ago. Then our brush with extinction occurred only 0.4 seconds ago.
The current warm climate is just a brief pause until the next ice age, bringing us further on the path toward ecological disaster and mass death.
Recycling Lost Carbon
But then something unique happened: Humans discovered how to mine and burn fossilized hydrocarbons and bring them back into the atmosphere! This recycling of lost ancient carbon contributes to re-greening the Earth to its past glory and saving life from certain suffocation death in the future.
Already we see massive greening across the world. NASA has documented this greening with its satellites over many decades, and the greening continues unabated.
Hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific articles document the positive effects this added carbon has on plants, especially in deserts and steppes with little rainfall. With a higher level of carbon dioxide, plants need fewer stomata and become more water-efficient, enabling them to survive better in arid climates.
However, supporters of this theory suggest that, on a geological time scale, carbon levels are still uncomfortably low. We have a long way and a massive amount of fossil fuel burning to go before we raise carbon dioxide levels to anywhere near its historical concentration when land plant life prospered on our planet.
That is a perspective that is too often lost in the ongoing debate about anthropogenic climate change.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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