CO2 makes crops grow faster, which causes more greenhouse gases, which means the climate will change and kill us all.
A new study led by the University of California, Davis finds that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, coupled with rising temperatures, is making rice agriculture a larger source of the potent greenhouse gas methane.
“Our results show that rice agriculture becomes less climate-friendly as our atmosphere continues to change,” said Kees Jan van Groenigen, research fellow at Trinity College Dublin.
The data showed that rice plants grow faster as more carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere. In turn, this growth ramps up the metabolism of the microscopic organisms that live in the soil beneath rice paddies and produce methane, pushing more methane into the atmosphere.
It might appear obvious to anyone with half a brain that a rice patty absorbs exactly the same amount of carbon as it produces.
During the 19th century, scientists discovered the law of conservation of mass – matter is neither created nor destroyed – but many climate scientists appear to have skipped high school and gone directly to work for the government.