Dr Judith Curry posts this remarkable observation from an Oxford scientist and lecturer, Biology is responsible for our planet’s climate equilibrium.
Beyond Physics: Advanced Biology and Climate Change
All living and dead carbon based molecules emit gases as they live, die and decay, helping the planet ward off extremes of climate, putting paid to the ‘CO2 causes warming’ nonsense. A long and thoughtfull article, with this excerpt standing out:
[…] The question “how” is life involved is the simplest: some species release chemicals that become cloud condensation nuclei (CCN), without which water remains a vapour. Some species secrete a gas, DMS (dimethyl sulphide), which seeds some clouds. Some plants secrete gases with similar properties, including Volatile Organic Compounds such as isoprene and pinene. Clouds are often observed rising over rainforest trees and other forests. It has been known for hundreds of years that some forests create rainfall (and I hypothesize that life in lakes similarly creates some of the clouds associated with them) […]
Read it all at the top link.
Biosketch. Clive has been an Oxford College Lecturer in biology at Merton, St Anne’s, Pembroke and Oriel. He joined Hertford in 1998 and is the college’s director of studies for Human Sciences. He works in Oxford’s faculties of Zoology, Geography and Anthropology. He is coauthor of the acclaimed book Conservation, published by Cambridge University Press (see reviews).
JC note: You may recall that CE has published previous posts related to this topic, from the team of Makarieva, Gorshkov, Sheil: