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Carbon dioxide levels now rising at record speed

Monday, March 20, 2017 13:01
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Cross-posted from Climate and Capitalism, an online journal focusing on capitalism, climate change, and the ecosocialist alternative.

CO2 growth rate sets new record in 2015-16. Increase in the past ten years is 100 to 200 times as fast as the increase that ended the last ice age


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  • You got it backwards. Warm water releases dissolved C02. Don’t take my word for it, put some ice-cold Pepsi in a pan on the stove. Turn on the burner. Watch.

    And your measurements are useless, anyway. Your one and only source is surrounded by warm ocean. And is located upon a C02-belching volcano. And shares airspace with C02-belching jet airplanes.

    And by the way, the oxygen and argon in the atmosphere radiate directly into space, from every level of the atmosphere. At wavelengths not absorbed by water vapor or C02 or methane. That’s how satellites measure temperatures down here. By the irradiance of oxygen.

    No matter how the atmosphere gets its heat, the atmosphere radiates it directly into space. And where it gets its heat is from the surface of the Earth. The surface loses heat, the atmosphere gains it. That’s the atmosphere doing what? Cooling the Earth, that’s what.

    And Venus radiates its heat really well, through an atmosphere that is almost all C02. The temperature is 59 degrees F. at an altitude of 31 miles. At a pressure equivalent to Earth’s sea level pressure. and scroll down.

    I’m still waiting for a study, from a lab or from any industry, showing heat flowing from a colder substance to a warmer one, by “back radiation” or “radiative forcing.” We’re not talking about mirrors here. And you know what, it doesn’t matter how much heat you ADD to the warmer substance. It still flows from warmer to colder only.

    You are utterly incompetent to discuss the subject.

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