AGW Today: GenMod Trees, Walruses, And The UN, Oh My!

by William Teach | October 4, 2010 10:03 am

Usually, all the tofu eating leftist alarmists are against any sort of genetic modification. It’s all “like, we need organic, ya know, dude? Back to nature. Down with science”. Despite all organic being less productive, more manpower intensive, and less safe (you know they often spray feces directly on the produce, right?) Yet, for globull warming, I’m sure they’ll make an exception

Forests of genetically altered trees[1] and other plants could ameliorate global warming by sequestering several billion tons of carbon from the atmosphere each year, a new study reports.

Plants could be modified to capture more carbon dioxide from the air and convert it into long-lived forms of carbon, say researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory[2]. For example, the study says, they could be altered to grow better on marginal land, yield improved crops or send more carbon into their roots, where it could remain out of circulation for centuries.

What could possibly go wrong with doing this? Could they end up supplanting the regular trees, and taking too much CO2 out of the atmosphere, a gas needed for life?

Move over, polar bear. The Pacific walrus[3] may be the new icon of global warming.

Like polar bears, walruses are dependent on floating sea ice to rest, forage for food and nurture their young.

Like polar bears, walruses are suffering because of a scarcity of summer and fall sea ice in Arctic waters that scientists attribute to climate change.

Hmm. Walruses have been around for hundreds of thousands of years. They can certainly survive yet another warm period, can’t they? Survival of the fittest? Darwinism? It’s not like the current sea ice is more extensive[4] than during most of the last 9,000 years or something. Or that it has been just as warm if not warmer[5] several times over the past 2,000 years. Anything to create hysteria, though.

Rather than focus on reaching a legally binding climate agreement[6], the United Nations should take a stronger role in making sure that countries promote the development and use of cleaner energy sources, Yvo de Boer, the U.N.’s former climate chief, said on Friday.

At a time when the U.N.’s long-held ambition of reaching a new treaty to curb emissions blamed for global warming seems out of reach, Mr. de Boer said many countries, as well as companies, wanted “to be held accountable” for their efforts at promoting greener policies and industries.

The U.N. could help to fill that role and do more to help craft a rule book for the way countries like China monitor and verify pledges to lower greenhouse gas emissions, Mr. de Boer told the Global Clean Energy Forum, a conference convened by the International Herald Tribune.

In other words, the United Nations wants more power to control the world, and people, and they will do anything to get it. What else could we expect from a group comprised by so many thugs and dictators?

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove[7]. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach[8]. Re-Change 2010[9]!

  1. Forests of genetically altered trees:
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  3. Move over, polar bear. The Pacific walrus:
  4. more extensive:
  5. warm if not warmer:
  6. Rather than focus on reaching a legally binding climate agreement:
  7. Pirate’s Cove:
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  9. Re-Change 2010:

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