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President, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change.

Dr. Idso's numerous publications include "Carbon Dioxide: Friend or Foe?" (1982) and "Carbon Dioxide and Global Change: Earth in Transition" (1989). He is the father of the Center for the Study of CO2 and Global Change's Chairman, Craig Idso, and its Vice President, Keith Idso.

Sherwood Idso was previously a Research Physicist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. He is also a former Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Geology, Geography, and Botany and Microbiology at Arizona State University.

Bachelor of Physics, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Minnesota.


Key Quotes

November 3rd, 2003

"[I]t is abundantly clear we have nothing to fear from increasing concentrations of atmospheric CO2 and global warming, i.e., the "twin evils" of the extreme environmental movement. Indeed, these phenomena would appear to be our friends, and friends of the entire biosphere."
Source:"Enhanced or Impaired? Human Health in a CO2-Enriched Warmer World" 11/03


February 2nd, 2004

The report, by climate physicist Sherwood Idso and others, cited numerous studies showing how plants prospered from a combination of increasing CO2 and increasing temperature. "The optimum temperature for plant growth -- the temperature at which plants photosynthesize and grow best -- generally rises with atmospheric CO2 enrichment." "Consequently, and in view of the non-CO2-related abilities of Earth's vegetation to adapt to rising temperatures ... plants of all photosynthetic persuasions should be able to successfully adapt to any future warming." The report noted one cause of this warming could be "the enhanced greenhouse effect" produced by CO2, which is being added to the atmosphere by, of all things, "mankind's burning of fossil fuels."
Source:"Bigger Plants, Fewer Birds" UPI, February 2, 2004




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November 3rd, 2003

With sons Craig and Keith, co-wrote the report "Enhanced or Impaired? Human Health in a CO2-Enriched Warmer World," which argues that CO2 and global warming are beneficial to human health Source:"Enhanced or Impaired? Human Health in a CO2-Enriched Warmer World" 11/03


December 12th, 2007

Idso signed an open letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations alleging that that the "UN climate conference taking the World in entirely the wrong direction." The letter was signed by 100 so-called "Prominent Scientists."
Source:Open Letter taken from Science and Public Policy website, 12.18.07



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Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
President
Source:Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change website 4/04


Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow
Board of Academic and Scientific Advisors
Source:Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow CFACT Website 5/06


Arizona State University Office of Climatology
Adjunct Faculty
Source:ASU web site 5/03


George C. Marshall Institute
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Source:George Marshall Institute website 5/06


Institute for Biospheric Research
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