New findings published in the Journal Science alters the current theory on the sources of nitrogen on our planet. Previously, scientists believed that the only source of nitrogen was from the atmosphere, however the new findings indicate there are significant quantities stored in bedrock.
Nitrogen of course is essential for plant life and by extension almost all life on Earth. Ben Houlton, co-author of the study and scientist at the University of California at Davis said “This runs counter the centuries-long paradigm that has laid the foundation for the environmental sciences.”
Scientist studying the climate have known that plants offset the effects of “climate change” by absorbing CO2. This absorbing effect was thought to limited by the amount of nitrogen in atmosphere. In 2003 a study published in the Journal Science stated “There will not be enough nitrogen available to sustain the high carbon uptake scenarios.”
University of California at Berkely soil biogeochemist, Ronald Amundson told Chemical and Engineering News. “If there is more nitrogen there than expected, then the constraints on plant growth in a high-CO2 world may not be as great as we think.” With less nitrogen, CO2 absorption would be greatly hindered, but with an abundant supply, plants would be able to absorb greatly more CO2 than models would currently be able to predict.
Houlton posited in 2011 that as trees and plants grown large enough they begin to tap into the stored nitrogen in the bedrock of the earth saying “the stunning finding that forests can also feed on nitrogen in rocks has the potential to change all projections related to climate change”. Boiled down it means that more carbon could be stored on land versus in the atmosphere.
So if there is an abundance of nitrogen and plants are absorbing much more than previously thought, why has this information not changed the dire “climate alarmists” warning of the world ending in 12 years? Oh wait, it’s settled science now please pass the grant money.