Yesterday I posted about a study suggesting 52 mya Antarctica had palm trees and other tropical and sub-tropical vegetation (see link below). Turning now to the other side there is also a study that concluded that the Arctic (North Pole) had palm trees and even crocodiles 52 mya!
It’s estimated that between 52-56 mya which is within the early Eocene period, palm trees grew as far north as Alaska and crocs swam in the Arctic. So taking an average we can say about 55 mya both the Arctic and Antarctica both had tropical and sub-tropical climates which is a far cry from the climates they have today!
Again, as in the study I posted about yesterday regarding Antarctica, core samples were also taken from the seabed of the Arctic Ocean floor and results of 3 studies were all published in the journal “Nature” in 2006.
In the Arctic at this time it’s believed the average temp was about 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Now like I said in yesterday’s post these researchers are assuming both Antarctica and the Arctic were in the same positions they are today 52 mya which I personally highly DOUBT! Continue Reading
Back in 2012 study results were published in the journal Nature et al regarding discoveries made by the Senckenberg Research Institute & Natural History Museum. That study concluded that the continent was once home to tropical palm trees and Baobab trees and other tropical vegetation during an intense warming period 52 mya.
This discovery came as a surprise to mainstream scientists and perhaps even a a bit of a shock as such an environment is a far cry from what we see today in Antarctica. The study took core samples obtained from the seafloor near Antarctica. The results showed warm ocean currents and hich CO2 levels increased temps allowing for the growth of the tropical vegetation. Continue Reading
Professor and Physicist William Happer of Princeton University says CO does NOT cause climate change but, rather, it responds to it. He also says that MORE CO2 would actually help the planet and that CO2 can actually be beneficial to an ecosystem rather than a burden.
When asked if there was a correlation between temperature and CO2 Professor Happer acknowledged that there is such a correlation BUT noted temps ALWAYS change FIRST and CO2 follows. He also pointed out that since 1998 there has, in fact, been NO increase in global temps!
The professor goes on to say that an increase in CO2 such as a thousand parts per million (ppm) would actually help the planet because agricultural productivity would go up. He notes that many greenhouse operators put several ppm into their greenhouses to grow plants.
Professor Happer also points out that 70-80 mya CO2 levels were 3000 ppm and that is when human began to evolve. That was 10 times more CO2 in the atmosphere than there is today!
Speaking about Glacier Bay he notes the glaciers disappeared long before any increase in CO2 levels and that the glaciers in Glacier Bay were gone in the 1800s. That was long before any increase in CO2.
This information is from an interview with Professor Happer conducted back in 2014 which has largely been ignored. You can see the interview at the link below.
CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) is vital to life on planet Earth. Atmospheric CO2 is the main source of carbon in life on Earth. Humans breath in oxygen and breath out carbon dioxide. Plants breath in CO2 and breath out oxygen. Plants thrive in rich CO2 environments such as greenhouses pumped with higher levels of CO2.