FedEx will invest $2 billion to become fully carbon-neutral by 2040

Tantor

Posts: 146   +196
Yep CO2 is a plant's favorite. Problem is that those plants get bigger, have babies, and then, Ta-Da more CO2. Maybe, I dont know, watch the video YOU linked to. Plants are by far the biggest producer but we have disrupted the balance. A hair-trigger balance. And while I'm not going to say I believe we are doomed it must be paid due attention.

Remember what NASA said?

"And as global temperatures rise, scientists say the output of carbon dioxide by plants will accelerate"

Plants do not output more CO2 than they take in. The NASA article says:

"Every year, about half of the 10 billion tons of carbon emitted into the atmosphere from human activities remains temporarily stored, in about equal parts, in the oceans and plants. “While our study did not address the connection between greening and carbon storage in plants, other studies have reported an increasing carbon sink on land since the 1980s, which is entirely consistent with the idea of a greening Earth,”

In other words, about half of man made CO2 gets absorbed by plants. Plants are net carbon sinks, not net carbon producers. The more plants grow, the greater is their capacity to absorb CO2.

But you miss the fundamental point. Global warming = global greening. The Earth is getting hugely greener. That should be a cause for celebration, not despair.

All courtesy of Global Warming.
 

MasterMace

Posts: 176   +144
I find all this concern about CO2 to be absolutely silly. CO2 is a 'greenhouse' gas. What are greenhouses used for? To grow plants. And that's exactly what's happening now.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earth

People concerned about global warming invariably portray it as a hellish dry furnace that burns everything. However, what's really happening is the earth is becoming greener and warmer. Think 'greenhouse' and you're on the right track.

I have Russian friends. They laugh about this issue, because Russia can only benefit. The same for Canada and other cold regions.

Plants need Nitrogen to grow, not CO2. Plants over the past 50-100 years have decreased in nutritional value due to the increase in CO2. The 2 biggest sources of CO2 being removed from the atmosphere are algae and trees. There is massive logging and deforestation, and how about you check out how well those algae blooms are doing in the Gulf of Mexico. Spoiler: it's killing fish, and is toxic to humans.
 

scavengerspc

Posts: 1,300   +1,236
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Plants do not output more CO2 than they take in. The NASA article says:

"Every year, about half of the 10 billion tons of carbon emitted into the atmosphere from human activities remains temporarily stored, in about equal parts, in the oceans and plants. “While our study did not address the connection between greening and carbon storage in plants, other studies have reported an increasing carbon sink on land since the 1980s, which is entirely consistent with the idea of a greening Earth,”

In other words, about half of man made CO2 gets absorbed by plants. Plants are net carbon sinks, not net carbon producers. The more plants grow, the greater is their capacity to absorb CO2.

But you miss the fundamental point. Global warming = global greening. The Earth is getting hugely greener. That should be a cause for celebration, not despair.

All courtesy of Global Warming.

I can't believe what I just read. It's like a 70s time capsule.
So here is the deal. Let's do what Democrats and Republicans do.

Dems will try to solve a problem and the Republicans can go on to deny it.

The first thing you should do is watch the video YOU linked to. You dont even get the plant relationship.
 

PEnnn

Posts: 630   +612
Very true. The recent Texas power debacle showcased the dangers of depending on wind/solar. They're fine as supplemental power sources, but you're always going to need an uninterruptable source such as nuclear, hydro, or fossil fuel.

Texas is a prime example how frozen pipes and refineries paralyzed one of the richest states. People had no power, water or food. And what do the rightwing geniuses running that state do?? Rush to blame solar and wind for their typical republican competence!!

Strange how the same wind mills in northern states and other countries didn't freeze...
 

wiyosaya

Posts: 6,077   +4,312
It is true that I not only support the EV but also plan to buy a Mach-E when the GT lands.
But I can't help but wonder if all these moves to EV only are happening too fast.

I know it's still a long way off but still.
As I see it, the only thing that is happening too fast about the EV market is that in production battery technology is not keeping up the in laboratory battery technology. For instance - https://phys.org/news/2019-01-tiny-silicon-particles-power-lithium.html If that technology were in production, I highly doubt that even the most ardent of those who claim EVs are not the way to go would have any objections based in reality.
 

wiyosaya

Posts: 6,077   +4,312
Texas is a prime example how frozen pipes and refineries paralyzed one of the richest states. People had no power, water or food. And what do the rightwing geniuses running that state do?? Rush to blame solar and wind for their typical republican competence!!

Strange how the same wind mills in northern states and other countries didn't freeze...
Well, Texas does not freeze. 🤣
 

scavengerspc

Posts: 1,300   +1,236
TechSpot Elite
As I see it, the only thing that is happening too fast about the EV market is that in production battery technology is not keeping up the in laboratory battery technology. For instance - https://phys.org/news/2019-01-tiny-silicon-particles-power-lithium.html If that technology were in production, I highly doubt that even the most ardent of those who claim EVs are not the way to go would have any objections based in reality.
Solid-State batteries are coming. Another game-changer.
 

pcmasterrrrrace9

Posts: 20   +5
All they got to do is keep dropping seeds from their planes and they ought to reach the CO2 target much earlier.
While that’s surely a possible solution, I didn’t know fedex had helped in planting operations? Either way, it sounds like they’re aiming their efforts in the right direction