The Institute for the Human Environment is a non-profit educational organization advocating for the continued development and improvement of society and the natural environment. Its mission is to support the unfettered use of fossil fuels so that the industrial evolution of the human community can continue unoppressed by the heavy hand of government. Read our full Mission Statement, explore the various sections of our website by selecting from the menu system above, or click on the links below highlighting articles that promote the use of fossil fuels for improving the human environment.

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Save U.S. Coal Campaign

For the U.S. coal industry to survive, the CO2 Endangerment Finding must be repealed quickly. Please take the time to read about and join our efforts to Save U.S. Coal. There is no time to lose!...

CO2-induced Plant Productivity and Yield Increases
Far too many demonize and falsely label this important atmospheric trace gas a pollutant. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead of being shunned like the plague, the ongoing rise in CO2 should be welcomed with open arms. Why? Because plants love CO2. Far from being a pollutant, this colorless, odorless, tasteless and invisible gas is better than the best fertilizer ever invented. Essentially, it is the "food" that sustains all plants on the face of the earth. And the more of it they "eat" (or take in from the air), the bigger and better they grow...

The Not-so-favorable Outcome of Reducing Atmospheric CO2

Do you ever wonder what the impact would be if policy makers regulated CO2 emissions so as to actually reduce the CO2 concentration of the atmosphere? A new study provides a glimpse of one of the likely impacts of such a policy goal, and it is not pretty...

Introduction to the Greening of Planet Earth--Confirmed! Video Series
In our newest video series, we bring to light the faulty science upon which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2009 CO2 Endangerment Finding was enacted, as the EPA failed to analyzed and account for critical (and very significant) direct and indirect benefits to both humanity and the natural world that result from CO2 emissions and fossil energy use, benefits of which, if included, would likely have reversed their decision. The series seeks to build public support and political will to reverse the 2009 Endangerment Finding and other Federal, State or local established or emerging policies aimed at eliminating CO2 emissions and fossil fuel use. New videos will be added at a rate of approximately two per month...

The Real Loser of the Democratic Presidential Candidate Climate Change Debate

This past Wednesday evening (September 4, 2019) ten candidates for the Democrat party's nomination for President of the United States participated in a town hall-style forum on the cable network CNN to explain their policy positions with respect to climate change. The unanimous loser was the American people...

Why CO2 is Not the Control Knob of Global Temperature and Observational Proof it is Not Causing Dangerous Warming

There is much debate on whether or not the modern increase in atmospheric CO2 has caused, or is presently causing, dangerous global warming, warming so severe that it is threatening life all across the planet. Read on to find out why a rise in the atmospheric trace gas should not be feared.

The Positive Impact of Fossil Fuel Use on Terrestrial Net Primary Productivity

Global terrestrial net primary productivity increased from 56.2 to 66.0 Pg C/year since 1901 and fossil fuel combustion was the reason for that improvement...

Real-world Evidence that CO2 Emissions and Fossil Energy Enhance the Human Environment
Watch a video or read the text of a presentation by Dr. Craig Idso at the 13th International Climate Conference that explains the objective of the Institute of the Human Environment.

Benefits of CO2 Emissions and Fossil Energy Use to the Natural World: Plant Productivity

As is generally taught in most second or third grade science class, atmospheric CO2 is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. What is more, plants just love CO2. Why? Far from being a pollutant, CO2 is better than the best fertilizer ever invented, because it is actually the "food" that sustains essentially all plants on the face of the earth. It is the primary raw material utilized by plants during the process of photosynthesis to build and construct their tissues. And the more CO2 plants "eat" (take in from the air during photosynthesis), the bigger and better they grow, a fact that has been conclusively demonstrated in literally thousands of laboratory and field experiments...

The Increasing Land Sink of the Northern Hemisphere

Over the past five decades, vegetation in the Northern Hemisphere has become ever more robust, adding to the growing body of evidence that Earthís terrestrial biosphere is reaping a tremendous benefit from the ongoing rise in the airís CO2 content...

The Mitigating Influence of Elevated CO2 on Nickel Oxide Toxicity

As more and more nano-sized nickel oxide particles make their way from consumer products into the environment, the negative effects of this phytotoxic hazard on plants will be reduced, if not eliminated...

Future Pea Growth in Response to Rising Atmospheric CO2 and Temperature

Given the results of this study, it would appear that pea farmers and consumers in Himachal Pradesh, India, will benefit from future CO2-induced increases in pea growth and yield, regardless of whether or not the CO2 rise is accompanied by a rise in temperature...