Well, how do you like that? Put more CO2 (aka “plant food”) into the atmosphere, combine that with the end of a drought and some human ingenuity, and suddenly another prediction by the global warming prophets of doom goes poof:
The study shows that the West African Sahel – part of the semiarid strip just south of the Sahara desert, which spans the African continent from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea – has been steadily “regreening” since the severe droughts of the 1970s and 1980s which killed more than 100,000 people.
Among the reasons for the “regreening” are increased rainfall, the beneficial effects of increased atmospheric CO2 on plant growth and the ingenuity of farmers (“community-led conservation efforts) in this harsh, marginal region.
Skeptics have long been aware of these beneficial side effects of “global warming” – see, for example, this report from 2011 by the Global Warming Policy Foundation called The Sahel Is Greening.
I swear these people make it too easy: they issue scaremongering warnings of doom-Doom-DOOM!!, and all we have to do is wait for the Earth (not their goddess, Gaea) to stick a grapefruit in their face. Atmospheric hot spot? Nope. Disappearance of snow? Nope. Continued, unstoppable, catastrophic warming all due to Mankind’s folly? Er… um… Well?
Good thing they have their faith to keep them strong in these trying times: