Lawrence Solomon has an article in the Financial Post pointing to the unsurprising fact that satellite obs show that biomass is increasing (we have known that biomass is increasing for some time) and manages to leave the reader with the idea that satellite observations indicate an increase in biodiversity. The evidence for that latter link? A “report” circulated along with the current round of the Oregon petition!
Picked this up in ICECAP and posted it in a couple places already this morning, Anthony, being absolutely delighted both by its content and its inspiring message. Earth, you are beautiful, and just so much bigger than any wishful doomsayer.
Update: A commenter on Atmoz points out that biodiversity, normally defined as the number of genetic patterns in existence, can’t really increase significantly on these time scales at all. D’oh. Right. Which means we are probably pretty safe from this particular nonsense catching on.
That said, here (emphasis added) is the quote from Lawrence Solomon’s article:
As summarized in a report last month, released along with a petition signed by 32,000 U. S. scientists who vouched for the benefits of CO2: “Higher CO2 enables plants to grow faster and larger and to live in drier climates. Plants provide food for animals, which are thereby also enhanced. The extent and diversity of plant and animal life have both increased substantially during the past half-century.“