Tree plant­ing

The Timaru Herald - - COMMENT&OPINION -

The pro­mo­tion of plant­ing trees to save the planet is a crock in that many pro­mot­ers of such schemes seem un­aware that all green liv­ing plants carry out res­pi­ra­tion dur­ing the hours of dark­ness when they use oxy­gen and give off car­bon diox­ide. Early last cen­tury’s flow­ers and flo­ral ar­range­ments used to be re­moved from hospi­tal wards be­cause it was thought that the oxy­gen be­ing con­sumed and the CO2 given off would hin­der the re­cov­ery of the pa­tients.

There has been a pub­lished pa­per out for a few years now us­ing physics to show that the orig­i­nal ex­per­i­ment to es­tab­lish the so-called Green­house Ef­fect is flawed and use­less as a sci­en­tific tool.

Look­ing at it from a prac­ti­cal and log­i­cal point of view, why would you want to try to de­prive Mother Na­ture of the CO2 that she needs to en­able all green liv­ing mat­ter to thrive and pro­duce oxy­gen – it sim­ply doesn’t make sense. Mother Na­ture has seen to it that it can’t be done – res­pi­ra­tion.

I find it strange, although not sur­pris­ing, that there has been no men­tion of the pub­lished re­search pa­per show­ing that the Green­house Ef­fect is se­ri­ously flawed.

We are con­tin­u­ally fed sto­ries on how we need to ‘save the planet’.

Man can­not do any­thing about global warm­ing, any more than King Canute could stop the tide com­ing in. It is a cycli­cal fact of life and we just have to adapt to it and stop think­ing that we can do any­thing about it.

I’m all for look­ing af­ter the planet and was into com­post­ing and re­cy­cling long be­fore it ever be­came fash­ion­able but I won’t be drawn into a fu­tile ex­er­cise where cer­tain man­u­fac­tur­ers are mak­ing money out of try­ing to con­vince New Zealan­ders that they need so­lar power and wind tur­bines, elec­tric ve­hi­cles etc. Hy­dro power is cheap and ef­fi­cient com­pared to PV pan­els and wind tur­bines. I see that the Ir­ish govern­ment has done as the Cana­dian govern­ment did and shown that plas­tic bags are bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment that pa­per bags. G R Woods Geral­dine Note to cor­re­spon­dent: VG: Cov­er­age in­cluded a pre­view, the re­sults of select South Can­ter­bury games and a re­view of South Can­ter­bury’s per­for­mance at the tour­na­ment. Space con­sid­er­a­tions meant wider tour­na­ment re­sults were un­able to be pub­lished.

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