Well heck, another warmist meme going by the wayside.
There’s a new study and accompanying press release on how resilient the jungles would be to a warmer world. We used to often read about how this would kill our jungles. As if a warmer world with more CO2 is bad for plants….. or something.
The abstract is here.
Despite the considerable uncertainties, we conclude that there is evidence of forest resilience for all three regions.
The three regions being the jungles of Latin America, Africa, and SE Asia.
From the news release……
Tropical forests are less likely to lose biomass – plants and plant material – in response to greenhouse gas emissions over the 21st century than may previously have been thought, suggests a new study published in Nature Geoscience.
In the most comprehensive assessment yet of the risk of tropical forest dieback due to climate change, the results have important implications for the future evolution of tropical rainforests including the role they play in the global climate system and carbon cycle.
Dr Huntingford said, “The big surprise in our analysis is that uncertainties in ecological models of the rainforest are significantly larger than uncertainties from differences in climate projections. Despite this we conclude that based on current knowledge of expected climate change and ecological response, there is evidence of forest resilience for the Americas (Amazonia and Central America), Africa and Asia.”
Professor Yadvinder Malhi, University of Oxford, added, “This study is probably the most comprehensive modelling study thus far exploring the effects of climate change on tropical forest viability, involving a large number of climate modellers, plant physiologists and tropical forest scientists. It considers a large number of climate models, several vegetation simulation models, a range of physiological physiological processes, and tropical forests world-wide. It finds that, to the best of our knowledge, it is very unlikely that climate change on its own will cause large scale loss of tropical forests.”
Well heck, the nutters are running out of things to wet themselves about. I bet they’ll invent something else pretty soon.
In the mean time, us skeptics can bath in the satisfying light of vindication. It isn’t as if I think the world will get beyond it’s normal swings, but, it isn’t that hard to figure out that in the imaginary warmer and presumably wetter world with more CO2 that the jungles would do just fine.