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We Live in a Carbon Based World
November 16, 2009
It is difficult at best to write a letter for most of North America.
With so many Hardiness zones, regions, cultures, and other things involved, I am bound to mess up from time to time.
I also mess up when it comes to holidays, traditions and memories.
It was gently brought to my attention that Canada too has a celebration for Thanksgiving.
I know Canada Celebrates their Thanksgiving in October, however I failed to include you in Thanksgiving memories.
Many Canadians live in the United states of America and many Americans live in Canada.
Again, we have many cultures that celebrate their holidays and in their own way.
You may even celebrate both countries holidays.
So, I sit here as humble as possible and a bit ashamed of myself, as I offer an apology to all of our readers, especially to my Canadian friends.
I never intended to leave anyone out on any celebration or memories.
Everyone, please feel free to offers your Thanksgiving memories.
Hopefully I will take more time and think before I write.
I'm not the most glamorous writer, but I hope my sincerity is felt through this short part of this week's letter.
Thank you for your time.
There are a couple of readers memories at towards the bottom of this letter.
Better late than never, but I do believe this past week to 10 days must've has been our real Indian summer (at least around here).
Weather still dictates what we do or can't do.
It warmed up enough that I had to break out the mower and cut the grass one more time.
No worries here, I would rather do that that shovel snow.
Continue to enjoy the Autumn season by going for nature walks or playing in your yard.
Enjoy the on going migration season.
As long as the ground isn't frozen, you have time to plant fall bulbs and many gardens centers and other locations that sell bulbs are selling them cheap this time of year.
One night on my evening walk with Keet (Akita) this past week I enjoyed the chorus from the local pair of Great horned owls.
The male with a higher pitched hoot followed by his lady love and her lower pitched hoot.
I could see the Silhouette of both birds perched in the same tree.
I know some of you host these mighty birds, virtually in your backyard, but it was a joy for me to hear and see both at the same time.
I like to think and learn, and part of my job is to hopefully get you thinking from time to time as well.
I mean really using the gray matter.
Well, I have this orange crate and every so often I climb up on my crate.
Just about everyone has a soap box to climb on, but Me....................
It's an orange crate.
Often I like to march to the beat of a different drummer.
That comes to thinking as well.
It is easy to follow the masses or believe something if you hear it often enough.
However, if you think for yourself, or look at both sides of the fence.....................
You may come away with a totally different point of view or agree even more with one side or the other than before.
The past few of weeks I've written about Autumn colors, fall foliage, leaf mold and other things.
I made a small mention about carbon.
All these wonderful leaves decompose and should a say it...
Make Carbon Dioxide.
Isn't that ....................
Isn't that one of those dreaded greenhouse gases?
Calm down and read on.
As a Naturalist, I believe in stewardship.
I think we should help our planet and all living creatures.
I think we need to pick up trash when we see it and educate others.
We need to clean up our land, water and air.
We need to plant trees and more green areas for all living creatures.
We live in a carbon based world.
All this talk about leaves got me to thinking.
Carbon is a good thing, and needed.
150 years ago, Michigan was almost 95% trees.
By 1900, Michigan was 5% trees.
Today Michigan is more than 30% trees.
So, we go from higher carbon to lower carbon to growing carbon.
Thinking and researching.
(You can really find some good stuff and I'm giving you just a sample of what we aren't being told.)
Besides being a Naturalist, I also have some experience in Horticulture and the Green Industry.
I have an interest in this and I just might know a thing or two on plants and how they work.
We continue to hear about CO2 and how terrible carbons are and the need to reduce footprints and what not.
What you wont hear is the need for Carbon.
Here is part of the other side of the fence.
This is a long article, be sure to have the time to absorb all the eye opening facts and thoughts.
Read on and enjoy.
We've been led to believe that increased carbon dioxide from human activities is causing a greenhouse effect that is heating the planet.
But carbon dioxide comprises only 0.035% of our atmosphere and is a very weak greenhouse gas.
Although it is widely blamed for greenhouse warming, it is not the only greenhouse gas, or even the most important.
Water vapor is a strong greenhouse gas and accounts for at least 95% of any greenhouse effect.
Carbon dioxide accounts for only about 3%, with the remainder due to methane and several other gases.
The overwhelming majority (97%) of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere comes from nature, not from humans.
Volcanoes, swamps, rice paddies, fallen leaves, and even insects and bacteria produce carbon dioxide, as well as methane.
According to 'The Journal Science', termites alone emit ten times more carbon dioxide than all the factories and automobiles in the world.
Now don't get on me, I'm simply passing on the report's findings.
Have we been bamboozled all these years and why?
We are a carbon based species, indeed, our whole planet is carbon based.
We consume carbon and we emit carbon.
Without sufficient carbon in our diets we will all die.
Yet our governments want to ban carbon (CO2) as a pollutant dangerous to our health.
A VINDICATION OF CARBON:
The evidence is piling up every day that the world is now getting cooler instead of warmer.
The oceans and seas are now cooling instead of warming.
The ice is returning to the Arctic rather than receding.
The ice in the Antarctic is at record levels, and that rising sea levels have moderated.
Yet there is still a large group out there crying WOLF.
The sun has recently gone into a less active phase of fewer sun-spots.
Before too long the global warming scare may be dead.
Climate change is the buzz word these days.
Already some of the global warming alarmists, anticipating this may soon happen.
They are re-inventing their alarmism into the scare about the oceans becoming acidified by our CO2 emissions.
Even though the oceans already contains 90 times more CO2 than the atmosphere.
(Gotta keep the grant money coming in some how.)
Beyond all these things, however, we need to get to what this debate and this climate change alarmism is really all about.
We need to see that on a deeper level it is a debate about carbon, and when we dig into that level of the debate we will finally see that behind the demonization of carbon and CO2, it seems to be an attack on humanity itself.
Global warming alarmism is not a science, but more of a religious/political movement.
God is pretty smart and knows what he is doing.(always has and always will).
Carbon just happens to be the most wonderful of all the elements in the periodic table (high school chemistry) because of its ability to make so many organic compounds that are fundamental to the formation of life.
There are ten million naturally occurring carbon compounds (more than all the other elements of the periodic table combined), and beyond these, man is finding that there are almost limitless opportunities to come up with new products using carbon.
Yet here is a movement that is making carbon out to be a bad thing.
The Wonders of Carbon:
Nearly every new product that human ingenuity has come up with on the road of progress is a carbon-based product.
Steel, for instance, is made by blending carbon with iron.
There would be no construction industry without carbon.
Nearly every product in a modern house, including most of the surfaces, with the exception of the glass and the bricks, is a carbon-based product.
If our clothes are not made of natural fibers such as wool, cotton or silk (all of which are carbon-based), then they will be made from synthetic fibers, all of which are carbon based too.
All plastics and polyethylene products are carbon-based materials.
All the foods we produce and eat are carbon products, and that not only includes our carbo(n)hydrates, but all the fats and proteins in our food are made of carbon compounds as well.
Not just the petrol and oil that run our autos, but the cars themselves, right down to their brake linings, are made of substances that would not exist without carbon.
There could be no aviation or space industries apart from a whole plethora of carbon-based products.
No healing and helpful medicines.
This never ending variety of new products is all due to the amazing and unique features of the carbon molecule that is so adaptable and so flexible that there is no end to what new products might be made with it.
From the hardest to the softest substances known.
Carbon is not just the fourth most common element in the universe, but through its millions of compounds it is as ubiquitous and as necessary to life as oxygen and water.
Carbon is the Basis of Life:
This brings me to this point.
Human ingenuity, can make an astounding array of new products that are carbon based, including products that play a vital role in taking man into space.
But, for all that, we cannot make living things with carbon because we can't solve the mystery of replicating life.
But when the time came for God our Creator to make a world of living things, whether amazing plants that live and reproduce, or animals that can live and reproduce.............
Or, the human brain that can actually think creatively, what do you suppose The Almighty One used?
Carbon, of course!
Any good biology text book will tell you that life is carbon-based.
All living things, starting at the cellular level which is common to all life, is based on carbon compounds.
Including the DNA that carry the gene sequences of the genetic codes.
Of the trillions of cells in the human body, there is not a one of them that is not made of carbon.
Think of giant Cedars, Californian Redwoods and all the trees, they are all made of carbon.
Every blade of grass, every delicate orchid, every kind of fruit (thousands of known varieties) have carbon in them.
Ordinary pure sugar is made up of ten atoms of carbon compounded with sixteen atoms of hydrogen.
There are eight kinds of sugars essential to the human body and vital in cell to cell communication.
Glucose, fructose, lactose and mannose are the more common ones.
Sugar (carbon) is fundamental to brain function.
The human brain is the most complex and intricate piece of equipment in the universe.
This is the organ of the human mind through which carbon not only becomes thinking carbon, but reaches the sublime heights of becoming caring, sharing, loving carbon.
Why is it we never hear about this?
So why are we told that carbon is just some black old ugly stuff that deserves to be demonized as the world's great pollutant?
Stand back, and let your mind take in this whole wondrous biosphere - the living earth - and what you are surveying is the awesome wonder that carbon has come alive in the great dance of life.
God's Great Dance and we're invited.
What is made of carbon must be fuelled by carbon:
Now consider too that this great dance of living things is not just made of carbon, but it has to be fuelled by carbon.
It needs to feed on carbon to grow and reproduce.
Yet we have people who call themselves scientists or leaders of society who are so deluded.
They label carbon a dangerous pollutant which has to be regulated and sequestered to the nether regions of the earth.
Now, how can their carbon-thinking brains reach such anti-carbon conclusions?
Mad, craziness is all it seems to be.
Mad anti-carbon activists on a mankind hating, life hating crusade of self destruction.
(Keep the grant money coming, however.)
In the entire history of civilization, few things of mass hysteria has ever come close to being such a threat to civilization at this!
Where do animals, including mankind, get their carbon-based fuel?
Pay attention now.
All animal food has to originate from plants, of course.
Plants start this food chain by making carbo(n)hydrates for the animal kingdom.
No plants = no food chain = no animals = no mankind.
So where do the plants source their carbon so that they can make all this carbon- based food to sustain all creatures great and small?
The only gateway through which carbon can enter the food chain to enable the biosphere to exist is through the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
There is no other way. It all starts with CO2 in the atmosphere.
The entire chain of life starts with plants absorbing this entirely natural, colorless, odorless, absolutely non-toxic aerial gas called CO2.
Again, all part of the Master Plan.
They used to teach these simple facts to primary school kids.
Nowadays teachers who are way off with the environmental geeks are scaring the daylights out of our children with stories about the evils of CO2.
Where does this thinking stop?
It's time to teach the kids again and to remind the adults of this world that CO2 is the primary plant food that ends up feeding them too.
They need to be told again the simple fact that the leaves on a plants have stomata through which they absorb or breathe in C02, and by a process of photosynthesis, the plants turn this CO2 into carbo(n)hydrate food for animals and man.
They need reminding that more than 90% of the dry matter of plants is simply processed C02. Whether it is a cow eating the grass or humans eating the cow.
"All are eating and being fuelled -by processed CO2."
CO2 is as natural and as necessary to life as water and oxygen.
50% of a human's dry weight is carbon
It is not a poison.
It is not a pollutant.
It feeds the whole world.
Unless the soil gave off carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
Unless the sea (which contains 90 times the amount of CO2 than the atmosphere) gave off carbon emissions.
Unless the microorganisms which comprise more than two-thirds of the world's biomass gave off their carbon emissions.
Unless cattle gave off their carbon emissions (their belching and flatulence actually give off more carbon emissions than the entire human transport system).
Unless we as part of this tapestry of life gave off carbon emissions, then life could not go on for the simple reason that the plants would have no food by which to grow, and then no creature on earth would have anything to eat.
For life to go on, the carbon used to make all living things and to feed all living things, must be circulated back from whence it came to start the life-cycle all over again.
Every form of life simply borrows the carbon by which it lives only to give it back again.
We give some of it back when we breathe.
We give some of it back in our bodily wastes.
We give the last bit of it back when we die.
Are you still with me?
Demonizing Carbon is a Dangerous Nonsense
In the light of all this, it is a sheer nonsense to say that carbon or carbon dioxide is a pollutant.
It is nonsense to say that the carbon emissions of either humans or cattle is a threat to the earth anymore than the much more abundant carbon emissions of the soil micro- organisms or the carbon emissions of the oceans that outdo our human carbon emissions in an order of magnitude many times to one are a threat to the earth.
Governments want to subject us to a carbon taxing, carbon regulating police states.
It surely has to stand to reason that you can't regulate human carbon emissions without regulating every aspect of human existence .
That would be more totalitarian than anything the world has ever known.
Is this a religious/political ideology masquerading as science.
Their plans to decarbonize our footprint and to decarbonize our economy will reduce our civilization to a weakened and impoverished state of carbo-anorexia.
Does that sound like a lot of fun?
I hope not.
Could it be that people need to be told the plain truth that much higher carbon emissions and much higher levels of atmospheric CO2 than we see at present would mean more plant food, more plant growth and more food for man and animals to eat.
Carbon is the greenest stuff on the planet.
Now remember, I'm speaking with a horticultural background here.
Nurseries and garden centers know that CO2 enrichment of the air in the nursery house means that the plants grow quicker, have bigger roots, more fruits and get by on less water.
Greenhouse growers improve yields by pumping CO2 into the buildings.
Thousands of people work in greenhouses with no ill effects.
What's good for plants is good for animals because animals and plants were created together and share a common basis in life based on cells.
A great leap forward in world agricultural productivity took place in the 1920's when they learned to take nitrogen out of the air and put it into the soil where it could stimulate plant growth.
Our highly populated world could not feed itself today without recourse to synthetic nitrogen.
Is the second leap forward is staring us in the face?
What if we took the carbon out of the earth and put it into the air where it can benefit plant life and so enhance food productivity.
The technology has already been proven and demonstrated thousands of times.
It is estimated that the agricultural industry today enjoys a 15% increase of food productivity due to the modest rise of atmospheric CO2 levels of the last 100 years from 280 ppm to 385 ppm.
We don't hear about this, however.
More and more evidence accumulates that in an ideal world we would have 1000 to 1500 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere instead of a mere 385 ppm as we have now, or a 280 ppm that the carbophobics would take us back to if they have their way.
That level of CO2 happens to be only a tad higher than the point at which plants suffocate for lack of CO2. (See the Wikipedia article on CO2) 300% to 400% higher levels of CO2 will have no adverse impact on humans or animals.
Research shows that............
Throughout earth's history, the explosion of life-forms took place during the Cambrian Age when there were many times more CO2 in the atmosphere than we have today.
Today, we have more trees than we did 100 or even 50 years ago (more carbon).
There are hundreds of millions more people and animals too.
More carbon and more CO2.
Are governments to wipe out entire forests and populations to get CO2 in check?
As for world temperatures, more and more evidence piles up every day, especially over the last five years, that higher levels of atmospheric CO2 have no catastrophic effect on climate.
In the theory of the global warming alarmists, CO2 has heat-trapping properties, meaning that the more CO2 builds up in the atmosphere, the warmer the world will become.
There are some inconvenient facts, however, that destroy this theory:
(1) CO2 is only a small player when it comes to greenhouse gas, 95% of which is water vapor, and who gets paranoid about water vapor?
(2) The earth and her systems - including the very complex climate system - are robust, resilient and self-regulating.
They easily adjust to a bit more CO2 just as easily as all the plants and animals do.
Again, all part of the Master's Plan.
(3) The proof of any scientific theory is in observing and measuring what takes place in the real world irrespective of what computer modeling might indicate.
While CO2 levels have continued to rise over the last decade, world temperatures have begun a downward trend.
If the current behavior of the sun with its diminished sun-spots and magnetic strength is any guide, and if the recent changes of the Atlantic and Pacific Decadal Currents are any guide, then this cooling trend will continue for a least another 20-30 years.
All proving that C02 never was and never can be a primary driver of climate.
Carbophobia - the irrational fear of carbon - has become the disease of our age, the religious myth of our time and the apocalyptic delusion of this moment of history. It can be cured, however, with a good dose of common sense.
Why then worry about the size our carbon footprint?
Should bigger be better if the aim is to green the earth and to feed the world?
As for pollutants go, how about we direct our attention to the real pollutants in our environment like the sulphurs, the nitric oxides and other real chemical pollutants (many the earth provides on her own).
These are the real pollutants that are killing off life.
Yes, we need to be stewards of our planet.
Yes we need to find more efficient and cleaner ways to produce energy.
Yes we can and should clean up our environment, (plant more carbon producing trees).
Yes we can and should clean up toxins and pollutants.
However, CO2 is not one of them.
After all, we are part of a carbon-based world.
Before we get too obsessed about the size of our carbon footprint, it might help to remind ourselves that the termites and the micro-organisms have a very much larger carbon footprint than we do.
As for the oceans, their carbon emissions are so massive we can't begin to imagine.
It is all part of our carbon based world we live in.
There you have it, the other side of the carbon fence.
Just something to think about.
Well, it's time to fly.
Before I go, here are a couple of Thanksgiving memories followed by your Positive thought for the week.
Marti of Lake Milton, Ohio.
For 35 yrs. on Thanksgiving, we get in the car around 10:30, and head up to Cleveland to spend time with my parents, sister and her family. We have a great dinner and a good time.. We normally have ideas written down to exchange for Christmas gifts.
After a while, we get in the car, head towards the Alliance area to visit with my husband's family. We get there around 4, and have desserts--still full from the earlier dinner.
After our 160 mile round trip, it is nice to get home. What is interesting, is the different types of weather we've had for these journeys. We've had some snowy trips, but we still make them, one was close to staying home, but didn't. This year we'll do the same thing, the important part is the reason of going--to be with the Family.
Oh yeah, and there's always the Black Friday sales my daughter and I have made a habit of going to. I get to her house around 5 am. and off we go. By Saturday, I am ready to stay home and get out my Christmas--(not Holiday decorations)! HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL~~~
Marti, it is nice that you are still able to see family. Many of us can't do that for one reason or another.
We know the weather can change fast, but this year you may be traveling in short sleeves and not a blizzard.
NEVER have I done the Black Friday thing.
As always, thank you for your contributions
Cindy in Calgary, Alberta.
I don't have a specific memory (well, I have several, but they're a bit wordy), but each year at our house, we go around the supper table twice and say what we're thankful for, and we have been doing it as long as I've been a parent....(26 years).
My husband, adult children, and their significant others are very good at it, and each year is a new experience to hear these statements of gratitude.
Thank you Cindy, you show that all of us have something to be thankful for and we need to say it out loud from time to time.
I like that.
Thank you for your kind words and enlightenment.
Thanksgiving, no matter where you are, need to be a true time of giving thanks.
Thank You Creator for life and love and what little or abundance you have.
We need to be thankful on a daily basis, but it is nice to have a special day set aside isn't it?
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life.
That word is love.
What else is there to add to this quote?
LOVE and LIVE My Friend.
Until next time.
"Treat the earth well:
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our
Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."
Ancient Indian Proverb
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