Carbon dioxide and plants

Trees and plants are growing faster and bigger in response to the large amounts of carbon dioxide being excreted into the atmosphere as a result of the carbon fuels being burnt. This increase is right across the range of plants, rain forests to British sugar beet. However this utilisation is only a fraction of the of CO2 released. The concentration of CO2 in the air has risen from 278 parts per million in 1750 to 380 ppm currently.
Each hectare of African forest is utilising an extra 0.6tonnes of carbon a year compared with 1960.
This means 5 tonnes of the 50 tonnes per year of carbon that is being passed into the atmosphere. This does not allow for destruction of rain forests
Jonathan Leake in Sunday Times . 5th April 2009, p 12

Martin Eastwood
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