The Important Value of CO2

  • Rex J. Fleming


Plants use sunlight, chlorophyll, CO2 and water to provide the basis of everything we eat to sustain life. The miracle of CO2 working with oxygen provides the breadth of life for every animal and human. Over a 1000 peer-reviewed articles exist on the subject of biological enhancement due to CO2 enrichment. Doubling CO2 raises the net productivity of herbaceous plants by 30–50%, and of trees and woody plants by 50–80%. A study of the effects of chilling stress under conditions of higher CO2 over a controlled 3-month period showed that the higher concentration led to less stress.

Three-way catalytic converters and similar equipment remove air pollution from autos and power plants. CO2 is not toxic and no longer pollutes. It is easily proven that CO2 will not make the oceans acidic – they are alkaline (opposite of acidic).


CO2 impact on breathing CO2 impact of food production Greater CO2 impact 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rex J. Fleming
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  1. 1.Global Aerospace, LLC (Retired)BoulderUSA

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