Forget CO2, The NO2 Will Get Us First
Posted by Exile on May 18, 2008
I suppose this had to happen. The overwhelming evidence that CO2 is not going to kill us all and is a result of increased global temperature, not the cause of it, has forced the scientists to think up the next scare. We are still going to be the ones to blame, of course and I daresay we will be taxed again for it somehow, along with all the bogus CO2 taxes, but the new thing to watch for is Nitrogen Oxide. That will get us warmer than CO2 ever could and probably even quicker. This is the new doomsday gas folks and you read it here first.
An alarm is sounded by papers published today in the journal Science by two international teams including Prof. James Galloway at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, who is now developing a “nitrogen footprint” and Prof. Peter Liss of the University of East Anglia, working with Prof. Robert Duce at Texas A&M University and colleagues elsewhere.
It has long been known that man is enhancing the global nitrogen cycle through the use of fertilisers in agriculture and the burning of fossil fuels in power stations and cars. The effect of this on the land has been extensively studied.
However, this is the first the time its impact on the open ocean has been quantified. “Anyone concerned about climate change will be alarmed at the scale of man’s impact on the world’s oceans,” says Prof. Liss. “It is vital that policy makers take action now to arrest this. “The solution lies in controlling the use of nitrogen fertiliser and tackling pollution from the rapidly increasing numbers of cars, particularly in the developing world.”
“Rising ocean nitrogen levels can deplete essential oxygen levels in the water and has significant effects on climate, food production, and ecosystems all over the world.”
“As much as 80 per cent of the reactive nitrogen entering the world’s oceans from the atmosphere is man-made,” says Prof Doug Capone of the University of Southern California, who worked with Prof Galloway. This has significant implications for global climate change because this nitrogen promotes increased marine biological activity and carbon dioxide uptake, but can also result in the production of the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (NO2)”.
See? The nitrogen will increase marine biology activity and the uptake of the CO2, making it a thing of the past. Good news for us, bad news for the greenies. I suggest we drop all the bogus CO2 taxation now. However, it is nice to see how the solution remains in “controlling the use of nitrogen fertiliser and tackling pollution from the rapidly increasing numbers of cars, particularly in the developing world.” I’ll bet you didn’t see that one coming.
So we need a new scare factor.
Of course, if NO2 fails to materialise, they will come up with something else. Like, fart gas. Oh no, they already tried that. But there are doubtless other noxious gasses that can do the job. Just wait until they find out that oxygen is carcinogenic and a greenhouse gas. I’m sure someone’s working on it somewhere…!
Link: Telegraph article.