Green plants can limit carbon dioxide

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: April 2 2014 | 1:23 pm - Updated: 7 April 2014 | 3:05 pm in

Some politicians and most environmentalists are concerned about the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Well, they should be because carbon dioxide is absolutely essential for all life on Earth. Perhaps these politicians and environmentalists should sit in on a good biology course that will cover photosynthesis.

Green plants absorb carbon dioxide and, providing that the other factors, soil, water, temperature and light are all good, the plants will remove the carbon dioxide at a high rate.

The amount of carbon dioxide in the air isnít much, usually between 0.03 percent and 0.04 percent. Years ago, greenhouse growers would keep a pile of rotting manure in the backroom during the winter. This would provide heat and spring fertilizer and raise the carbon dioxide level in the closed greenhouse and the plants grew better.

If we promote green plant growth as much as we can, the green plants will limit the carbon dioxide over time, if one is worried about its increase.

William H. Miller

West Union


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