What determines how quickly the Earth loses energy? There is a simple answer and a complex answer to that. Since the Earth can only lose energy to space by infra-red (IR) transmission, the simple answer is that the Earth’s temperature determines the rate of energy loss since it is temperature that determines the intensity of the IR transmission as shown in the Stefen-Boltzmann Law.
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Here is my take on the issue. Please feel free to provide any input you have on this topic. The question I asked of everyone was what would the temperature of the Earth be if everything else was held constant except there was no CO2 in the atmosphere. So questions of albedo and clouds must […]
Posted August 15th, 2012. 14 comments
Next week I plan on making a big push to get this information out to many, many people. This is one of the key topics that is covered in my book. It is not the only critical topic, but this one by itself is enough to demonstrate in a scientific way that warming as described by The Theory of Global Warming is impossible. My goal is to present this and related information to a wide audience next week. Wish me luck.
Posted May 14th, 2012. 14 comments
There has been a rash of news about how settled the global warming debate really is. From brand new ‘neutral’ discussions that have concluded within a matter of weeks that global warming is real to Geological Society taking a stand that the current situation could be comparable to previous events in the past that were associated with periods of warming.
I very disappointed by the statement put out by the Geological Society. They put together a very nice comprehensive history of the Earth’s climate which is pretty detailed and is very much in alignment with the history that I have put together, but they also make some assumptions that are really not supported. I think the committee that put this together really had a fight on their hands.
Posted June 27th, 2011. 2 comments
Previously I showed an equation that showed the ratio of convective and radiative heat transfer. That equation is derived from the ratio of the Nusselt and the radiative heat transfer (RHT) rates. From a practical standpoint the amount of energy transferred from the surface to the atmosphere by each method should be comparable for the […]
Posted December 13th, 2010. 16 comments
This article wasn’t supposed to be so long, but it is important to understand the science behind the Greenhouse Effect (GHE). My view is that net energy transfer to the atmosphere is the primary driver of the warmer atmosphere and the GHE. While that isn’t currently the conventional approach, there is nothing that precludes it […]
Posted December 5th, 2010. 22 comments
As I discussed in Part 1, the Earth’s surface warms the atmosphere. Without that heat transfer, the Earth would be a much colder place. The normally accepted value (that I agree with) is 33 °C. There are differing ideas as to the precise contributions that result in the Earth being warmer than it would be otherwise. I will discuss the common one and then present my own ideas about it that are based on the Energy Balance I recently presented.
Posted December 3rd, 2010. 20 comments
In the previous article I explained the Earth’s energy balance in terms of NET energy transfers. I was surprised by the response that this did not explain the Greenhouse Effect (GHE). It actually explains the GHE in a simpler manner than any other method. Just to be clear, this site fully supports the GHE of the atmosphere of 33 °C. Without the atmosphere moderating the energy coming from the sun, the surface would vary between a blistering hot and deadly cold. The GHE takes that energy and evens it out.
Posted November 30th, 2010. 21 comments
The idea behind an energy balance is the conservation of energy. All the energy that enters a system (the Earth for instance) must go somewhere. In the case of the Earth, most of the energy is leaving the Earth. The small amount of energy that does not leave is used (absorbed). For example plants use the suns energy to drive photosynthesis. So for the Earth as a whole the energy balance looks like this.