Attention Climate Marchers! Watch Matt Ridley on How Fossil Fuels are Greening the Planet


In a couple hours, global warming activists will gather in New York City for what organizers boast will be the "largest climate march in history." More than 100,000 people are expected, and there will be similar events in cities around the world. Check back here later today for our coverage!

In the meantime, watch a lecture that acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley gave at Reason's L.A. headquarters last February about how fossil fuels are…greening the planet.

Here's the original write-up:

Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen, Genome, The Rational Optimist and other books, dropped by Reason's studio in Los Angeles last month to talk about a curious global trend that is just starting to receive attention. Over the past three decades, our planet has gotten greener!

Even stranger, the greening of the planet in recent decades appears to be happening because of, not despite, our reliance on fossil fuels. While environmentalists often talk about how bad stuff like CO2 causes bad things to happen like global warming, it turns out that the plants aren't complaining.

Approximately 18 minutes.

Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning.

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