Shock News : 100 Years Ago, Scientific American Said CO2 Was Not A Pollutant


1 December 1923



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11 Responses to Shock News : 100 Years Ago, Scientific American Said CO2 Was Not A Pollutant

  1. nigelf says:

    And 90 years later here we still are…not a pollutant.

  2. Bob Greene says:

    I’m sure Steve missed the retraction published in subsequent issues.

  3. says:

    “According to the inventor’s opinion” that appeared in American Scientific. Thanks for the laugh.

  4. daveburton says:

    Thanks for this! I posted a tidier copy of the article here:

    The experiments 91 years ago (when atmospheric CO2 levels averaged 0.03%) found that CO2 from blast furnace exhaust could be used to increase various crop yields by from 100% to 300%. Crops tested included tomatoes, spinach, castor oil plants, potatoes, lupines, and barley.

  5. daveburton says:

    I found the Nov. 27, 1920 issue of Scientific American (digitized by Google) upon which this story was based, and put a copy on my web site, here:

    Click to access ScientificAmerican_1920-11-27_CO2_fertilization.pdf

    This photograph of potatoes is one of the illustrations from that article:

  6. Wait till when they learn that the other byproduct of hydrocarbon combustion is water. I can’t wait to have discussions with the same idiots who currently claim that CO2 levels under 5000ppm count as pollution.

  7. daveburton says:

    I did a bit of cutting and pasting, to fit that entire Scientific American article onto one 8.5×11 page:

  8. daveburton says:

    Here’s another article based on the SciAm article. This one was in the 1-1-2021 issue of The Literary Digest by Funk & Wagnalls:

    Original scan by Google:

    Click to access TheLiteraryDigest_1921-01-01_Fertilizing_the_Air.pdf

    Cleaned up:

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