Many believe that around 20,000 years ago, Earth was inches away from an ecological disaster. The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere fell to its lowest recorded level in 4.5 billion years, a mere 180 ppm. If it had dropped a bit lower, most plant life – and with it, animals and humans – would have gone extinct.
Article by Caroline Adana from Liberty Nation.
When plants first evolved on our planet, the carbon dioxide level was 10-20 times higher than today. It provided an abundance of food from which plants could grow. A key component in photosynthesis is the enzyme rubisco, which evolved 2.4 billion years ago. It is perhaps the most abundant protein in the world.
In high concentrations of carbon dioxide, rubisco works well. However, it rapidly loses its efficiency at lower levels. At the ice age level of 180 ppm, most plants are nearly suffocating. To compensate for the lack of food, the plants grow more breathing holes, called stomata. However, for every carbon dioxide molecule a plant absorbs through such a hole, it loses around 100 molecules of water. In short: It dries up.
That’s no problem in a warm and wet world with plenty of rain – but the cold climate in the ice age also meant far less precipitation. The combination of low carbon dioxide levels and dry weather 20,000 years ago rendered nearly the entire planet into deserts and grasslands.
Life could still survive under this condition, but if carbon dioxide had dropped to below 100 ppm, most plants would go extinct, including the oceanic planktons that are the food source of sea animals. Even grass species, which have evolved a specific mechanism to handle low levels, would struggle.
Carbon dioxide fell to a historical low because of fossilization and sedimentation of organic carbon. Over hundreds of millions of years, this has depleted the carbon cycle of more than 95% of its material. Paradoxically, life has been the source of its long-term starvation and inevitable extinction.
What’s worse, there was no end in sight for the downward trend. In a few million years, most life could be gone.
An Eye Blink
Fortunately, the ice age ended 10,000 years ago, and CO2 rose high enough to enable agriculture. Twenty thousand years sounds like an eternity, but in the scale of Earth’s 4.5-billion-year existence, it is barely the blink of an eye. Imagine if Earth’s history started 24 hours ago. Then our brush with extinction occurred only 0.4 seconds ago.
The current warm climate is just a brief pause until the next ice age, bringing us further on the path toward ecological disaster and mass death.
Recycling Lost Carbon
But then something unique happened: Humans discovered how to mine and burn fossilized hydrocarbons and bring them back into the atmosphere! This recycling of lost ancient carbon contributes to re-greening the Earth to its past glory and saving life from certain suffocation death in the future.
Already we see massive greening across the world. NASA has documented this greening with its satellites over many decades, and the greening continues unabated.
Hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific articles document the positive effects this added carbon has on plants, especially in deserts and steppes with little rainfall. With a higher level of carbon dioxide, plants need fewer stomata and become more water-efficient, enabling them to survive better in arid climates.
However, supporters of this theory suggest that, on a geological time scale, carbon levels are still uncomfortably low. We have a long way and a massive amount of fossil fuel burning to go before we raise carbon dioxide levels to anywhere near its historical concentration when land plant life prospered on our planet.
That is a perspective that is too often lost in the ongoing debate about anthropogenic climate change.
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‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects, including death. One of our stories about the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” causing blood clots was “fact-checked” and removed one day before the government hit the brakes on it. These questions and news items are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting canceled.
There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ, CP, and ACM readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are pacing to be short by about $3700 per month in order to maintain operations.
The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. We had 5,657,724 sessions on our website from November, 2020, through February, 2021. Our intention is to elevate that to higher levels this year by focusing on a strategy that relies on free speech rather than being beholden to progressive Big Tech companies.
During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above.
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We Often Feel Like David Taking on Giants
Today’s Goliath is the Mainstream Media Industrial Complex that brainwashes the masses.
Our mission is very straightforward: To counter the false narratives and nefarious agendas destroying America today. It isn’t easy for obvious reasons; despite incredible growth over the last year we are still a very tiny fish in a huge media pond. But we’re fighting and we will continue to do so, Lord willing, for as long as we possibly can. The battle for America’s present and future is too important for us to back down to the giants that stand in our way.
We need help. I don’t want to say “desperately,” but the need is definitely great. If you have the means, please donate through our GivingFuel page, PayPal, or our brand new GiveSendGo page. Your generosity is what keeps these sites running and allows us to get the truth to the masses. We’ve had great success in growing but we know we can do more with your assistance.
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