Thursday, August 22, 2019

Carbon Dioxide Absorbs and Re-emits Infrared Radiation

CO2 and other large atmospheric molecules have the uncanny ability made possible by quantum mechanics to interact with infrared radiation (heat). In doing so, the rate of radiant heat’s escape into space is slowed down. Thus, the level of radiative energy present in the lower atmosphere is higher to the degree that these molecules are present.

Ways of Explaining the Greenhouse Effect:

Why Carbon Dioxide Is A Big Deal

Some people are of the opinion that the percentage of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is so small that their contribution to the greenhouse effect would be minuscule. I see their reasoning; however, the even smaller amount of carbon dioxide of the past has been sufficient to keep the planet from being a giant ball of ice. And with no carbon dioxide at all, the temperature on Earth would be below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

For perspective, if you could bring all the clouds and water vapor in the atmosphere to the surface, it would form a ‘liquid’ layer less than an inch deep, and clouds alone would create a layer no deeper than a coat of paint. If just this past year’s carbon dioxide emissions alone could be confined to an undiluted layer of pure CO2 at the surface of the Earth, the layer would be about 1.5 inches thick. 

“Nitrogen, oxygen and argon together comprise more than 99 percent of the atmosphere. None of these three gases absorb either visible or infrared light. It is as though, when it comes to the absorption and emission of light, the atmosphere’s three main players don’t exist.”

So, the only thing left to consider is the actual total amount of the greenhouse ‘trace gases’.

Water Vapor:

Carbon Dioxide and Water Vapor As Greenhouse Gases:

How Alike Are Lemmings, Humans and Wile E. Coyote?

With the Arctic being in the news so much lately, I’m reminded of a film,”White Wilderness”, that I watched in 1958. It was about the Arctic and showed lemmings plunging ‘en masse’ over a cliff, into the sea and drowning as they desperately searched for fresh resources. Sort of a ‘mass suicide’ resulting from the pressures exerted from overpopulation.

It turns out though that this popularized belief about lemmings is entirely false. The Disney film crew had actually staged and forced the lemmings off the cliff. Cruel? Definitely. But this was 1950s Hollywood, where animal cruelty was common. So killing off a few dozen rodents for the amusement of theater-going audiences was no big deal.

Note: This is reminiscent of antics used today in order to grab viewership or to sway public opinion. Usually this is harmless, like when Wile E. Coyote defies the laws of physics in pursuit of the Roadrunner. However, when an overwhelming volume of “climate science denial” social media, YouTube videos and propagandistic media both big and small using pseudoscience are produced for the unwary, I’m reminded of myself as an 8 year old falling prey to an concocted untruth.

Comment: Though the truth is that lemmings don’t commit mass suicide, mankind is apparently capable of doing so by first overpopulating and then by proceeding to deny the physical reality described by the Greenhouse Effect. The ‘cliff’ we are approaching is real enough, and unlike the cartoon cliff that Wile E. Coyote’s falls off again and again while defying death and gravity using cartoon physics, our being suspended indefinitely in midair over the abyss is about to end whether we look down or not.

Truth thru humor:

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Ways of Explaining the Greenhouse Effect

The “greenhouse effect” is the blanketing effect of large atmospheric molecules(like carbon dioxide) on infrared radiation which warms the planet. 

Greenhouse Gas Demo (4 minute):

Sunlight is part of the electromagnetic spectrum of photon energy coming from the sun. Except for clouds, dust, etcetera, “visible light” (short waved energy) passes through the atmosphere unimpeded. Infrared light (long waved energy), however, gets entangled with large atmospheric molecules such as carbon dioxide, water vapor and other greenhouse gases. The visible light hits the planet’s surface and is either reflected or absorbed. That which is absorbed becomes heat and is radiated away in every direction as infrared radiation. [You’ve seen thermal pictures of bodies emitting heat energy.]

As the ‘infrared radiation’ is radiated out towards space, the larger atmospheric molecules (carbon dioxide, water vapor, etcetera) interact with this long waved photonic energy. These molecules absorb and reemit the photon energy again and again, thus slowing down the escape of this thermal energy emission. This is the “greenhouse effect”, the blanketing effect of carbon dioxide, etcetera on infrared radiation.

In conclusion:
We have a smaller amount of infrared radiation coming directly from the sun and a very large amount of such emanating from the planet’s surfaces.  

In regards to the greenhouse effect, atmospheric nitrogen and oxygen molecules are of no consequence because infrared radiation (heat) passes through them as though they weren’t even there. That’s because they’re too small. However, greenhouse gas molecules are large and tangle up long waved infrared radiation. 

Note: If you could bring all the clouds and water vapor in the atmosphere to the surface, it would form a ‘liquid’ layer less than an inch deep, and clouds alone would create a layer no deeper than a coat of paint. If just this past year’s carbon dioxide emissions could be confined to an undiluted layer of pure CO2 at the surface of the Earth, the layer would be about 1.5 inches thick (and is growing thicker).

Electromagnetic Spectrum:

Photon Energy:

Visible Spectrum of Light:

Infrared Radiation (IR):

Greenhouse Effect:
As sunlight strikes an object, if it is white (like snow) then the photons mostly reflect off as light back into space. If the color of the surface is darker, then more of the photons are absorbed and converted into heat (infrared radiation). This heat gradually radiates away from the surface of the planet, with the only thing ‘slowing it down’ being the larger air molecules like carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor, etcetera. Molecules like nitrogen and oxygen have no ability to absorb and reemit infrared radiation.
The greenhouse effect is all about Infrared Radiation (IR). It is the ‘heat’ that results from sunlight striking the surface of the planet. As the heat (IR) radiates away from the surface, it interacts with the large molecules present in the atmosphere. Water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane and several other significant gases are examples of such. This interaction slows down the escape of IR out into space. To visualize this, watch the following five second clip that repeats:
Heat Mirage:
If you’ve ever seen ‘heat waves’ shimmering off of a hot asphalt road far ahead of you on a long straight highway, then you have seen ‘infrared radiation’ in action. Infrared radiation (IR) continually radiates heat away from the surface of the Earth. Nitrogen, oxygen and argon gases of the air do not interfere with the passage of IR; but, large molecules like carbon dioxide, methane and such (greenhouse gases) slow down the escape of IR (heat) out into space. Called the ‘greenhouse effect’, it’s like a slowdown on the freeway, with the heat waves getting jammed up — and this causes the air temperatures to rise. This is a natural process. Indeed, if it weren’t for the greenhouse effect, our planet would have always been a frozen ball of ice. 
Visible light of the ‘electromagnetic spectrum’ passes through the atmosphere. It strikes and warms the surface of Earth as the result of being converted to infrared radiation (IR). Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases absorb and reradiate this heat. It is this heat index that is increased as the volume of greenhouse gases increases in the atmosphere.
The "Greenhouse Effect" is a basic physics phenomenon in which the atmosphere of a planet snares radiation emitted by its sun; that is, the trapping of the sun's warmth in a planet's lower atmosphere due to the greater transparency of the atmosphere to visible radiation from the sun than to infrared radiation emitted from the planet's surface.
Gases such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane and other trace gases allow incoming sunlight to pass through, but, retain heat radiated back from the planet's surface.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Why CO2 Acts As A Thermal Blanket

Sometimes, things need to be explained in terms such that kids can then explain it to their parents. The Greenhouse Effect is one such topic:

As sunlight strikes an object, if it is white (like snow) then the photons mostly reflect off as light back into space. If the color of the surface is darker, then more of the photons are absorbed and converted into heat (infrared radiation). This heat gradually radiates away from the surface of the planet, with the only thing ‘slowing it down’ being the larger air molecules like carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor, etcetera. Molecules like nitrogen and oxygen have no ability to absorb and reemit infrared radiation.

Supplemental easy explanation:

Two articles with excellent explanations:

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sixth Great Extinction: Are We Next?

Some people fail to appreciate that plants and animals have been suffering increasing extinction levels because of human activities. Denial of AGW only perpetuates and exponentially expands the current extinction levels that may very well come to include us. Indeed, denying the solid scientific fact that carbon dioxide has a blanketing effect on infrared radiation indicates that these people are not fully realized humans, and perhaps likely candidates for extinction themselves. I just don’t want them taking me with them.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Global Warming: As Rome Burned, Nero Fiddled

As the Arctic warms, the northern arboreal forests are drying and forest fires are increasing. It’s not just the trees and understory burning, but also the spongy mossy like ground cover that is like a thick blanket. This extra biomass going up in smoke increases the amount CO2 in the atmosphere. These forests will not easily return in a climate that’s not as suited to their needs. Also noted are peat moss bog fires. With this combined with terrestrial and oceanic permafrost melt releasing methane, there’s the fact that a darkening Arctic with decreasing ice and snow cover will increase the amount of sunlight absorbed and converted to heat. After all, global warming is all about the blanketing effect that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases have on ‘infrared radiation’ (heat).

Note: As each year passes, we consistently hear in the news about new temperature records. Record numbers of fires are also being set as higher temperatures dry things out, especially in northern latitudes where temperature increases are the most dramatic as evidenced by further increased ice melt.

If you want a calm and ‘actual factual’ presentation of topics related to climate change and energy, I recommend the YouTube channel “Just Have A Think”.  
I’d start with the episode:
Arctic Sea Ice Loss: What’s the latest?
(17 minutes):

Humor and Satire:

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Global Warming: Angst and Anxiety Syndrome (negative manifestations arise from fear)

“Since it is generally acknowledged that humanity have a desire to be happy and that they have the right to pursue happiness, we ask this question: Would it not be wise for people in all walks of life to work toward the healing of those conditions which they bring upon themselves through their unfruitful anxieties?

We avow that there are lawful concerns and that men and women should make reasonable provision for their future and for eventualities which they know from personal experience may arise. But it is so unnecessary for them to become apprehensive about life in general, or even life specifically, to the point where their apprehensions unbalance their thinking, their emotions, and their entire psyche.

Anxiety is the great warp of life. It warps perspective without producing any perceptible benefit whatsoever. Anxiety is the cause of people's tendency to hoard the goods of this world. Like frantic squirrels they pile up their winter's supply of nuts. They accumulate an oversupply of every imaginable item, and they deprive themselves of happiness by their unwarranted concerns and their unnecessary and time consuming preparations for every eventuality.
Just as we do not expect that the students will cease to be providential, so we do not expect that they will become unduly involved in antici- pating a doomsday that never arrives...”

Page 218+

Note: Until lately, the ‘human miscreation’ of ‘induced global warming’ had mostly been due to our not understanding the blanketing effect of carbon dioxide on infrared radiation. However, this single physical law shall now begin to increasingly inflict natural consequences upon all life on the planet because of our continued unsequestering of vast amounts of carbon in the form of carbon dioxide. 

The kinds of protections that God and His Angels provided that we routinely take for granted shall not be sufficient to totally protect us from ourselves — because God Almighty Himself bestowed Free Will upon us, protecting us from what we now knowingly inflict upon ourselves would be a violation of Cosmic Law.

However, any efforts that we take to mitigate the cause of our self inflicted curse will be blessed and multiplied exponentially. So, do not allow fear to blind you to the truth of what is, nor be driven into despair — neither attitude leads to the right kind of action!

Extreme Alarm:

Rigid Denial:

The Jesuits and Franciscans Who Survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki

In Hiroshima, a group of eight Jesuit priests lived in a presbytery near the parish church less than a mile away from where the first atomic bomb ever dropped on a city exploded well within the total death and devastation radius. Keep in mind this was a blast that killed 80,000 people almost instantly and up to a total of 140,000 eventually.
All eight priests in their home building sat in the direct kill zone while for miles around nothing but ashes remained. They were not only “virtually unscathed from the effects of the bomb” but none of the group suffered either the ill-effects of radiation or major injuries from the bomb blast.  Furthermore, while their building received some damage, unlike others it still stood.
While it is true that small numbers of other civilians in the blast area survived, all presumably suffered, and most if not all eventually died from radiation sickness.
What is truly miraculous is that radiation sickness did not affect ANY of the Jesuits at that time or decades later.
Why were these eight priests spared in an area of total death and destruction?

"In a strange parallel to what happened at Hiroshima, the Franciscan Friary established by St Maximilian Kolbe in Nagasaki was likewise unaffected by the bomb which fell there. St Maximilian, who was well-known for his devotion to the Blessed Virgin, had decided to go against the advice he had been given to build his friary in a certain location. When the bomb was dropped, the friary was protected from the force of the bomb by an intervening mountain. So both at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, can we see Mary’s protective hand at work?"

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Why Have Russia’s Siberian Fires Been Under Reported?

For the past two months, widespread fires have been burning unchecked in Siberia. If you did not know, then ask yourself why? And why do we know more than we want to about Epstein, but not this stupendous event relating to advancing global warming. To see how small the media coverage has been, search:
russia siberia fires 2019 —
Then note the news organizations reporting and those not reporting and the overall lacking amount of coverage.

Though it’s tempting to think it’s simply part of the climate change denial and disinformation effort, I’m also remembering some of the near misses by significant sized asteroids that were not reported until they had actually passed (even though we’d been tracking them). Possible asteroid strikes and rampant global warming induced forest fires cause angst that might feed already heightened anxiety levels.

Perhaps, with the European heat wave and related coverage along with the preceding climate news from Australia etcetera, it was just too much. Or maybe, because it’s in Siberia, we just don’t care. Not click worthy? Whatever the reason(s), I find it disheartening that YouTube has been providing better coverage of this event than established news media.

Fighting Climate Change With Condoms

The world’s population is projected to jump to 9 billion by 2050, with more than 90 percent of that growth coming from developing countries. In countries with access to condoms and other contraceptives, average family sizes tend to fall significantly within a generation.

But, America’s “Global Gag Rule” thwarts the international family planning and health services effort.

It should be noted that the population growth in developing countries exacerbates efforts to curb carbon emissions:


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Organized Global Warming Deniers

It seems that the ‘forces of darkness’ in the world have increasingly coalesced in the form of organizations specifically designed to propagate disinformation about ‘artificially induced climate change’ aka ‘global warming’. In the United States, they fly under the banner of nationalism claiming to be patriotic. In actuality, they’re primarily hacks for monied interests that benefit from the status quo that will necessarily have to transform if we are to mitigate the worst of what’s ahead. 
In short, Global Warming is about the blanketing effect that CO2 and other greenhouse gases have on infrared radiation. Nothing more, nothing less. All else is politics, which is “warfare in slow motion”.
Some of the lost souls are:
“CO2 Coalition”
Mercer Family Foundation
Heritage Foundation
Heartland Institute
Patrick Moore
William Happer 
Frank Clemente

For more information, search:
global warming + disinformation + skeptics denial


Further readings:

Understanding Global Warming:

"Why The Choir Was Late"

I first read this in Paul Harevey's book "The Rest of the Story".  The way he told it was far better than anything I could find on the internet, but follow along for a most remarkable true story:

When a Nebraska church exploded in 1950, no one was injured because every member of the choir was late arriving for practice that evening. As unbelievable as this story is, it did happen. Despite the explosion's taking place five minutes after choir practice was scheduled to begin, not one of the fifteen people who should have been present had yet arrived when the building collapsed....
Read more:

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Travesty of Environmental Groups Supporting Increased Immigration, Etcetera

I used to donate to several environmental groups. Not anymore. The ones I’d supported have now all strongly allied themselves with the immigration cause and moved away from environmental resource protection. The worst betrayer is the Sierra Club. If the other organizations send me Take Action emails; and, if I agree, I respond. But, no more money from me until they take a more bipartisan posture. 

If you’re wondering whether or not an organization that you contribute to supports a cause that you do not, simply search: ‘organization’s name + cause topic’. And, if you are searching for organizations that support what is important to you, search “organizations that against/support ‘cause’”. Then vet them for other causes that you might be in favor of or not in favor of.

A dollar a day for something you believe in is a good thing; but, you have to be involved enough and knowledgeable enough to be sure that you’re putting it in the right arena.

Here are some organizations that I’m liking the looks of:
Nature Conservancy
Citizens Climate Lobby
Inside Climate News
Climate State
350 Action 

Represent Us (though not an environmental group, they are anti-corruption) and corruption is a major factor regarding climate change and environmental protection inaction:
[I’ve become a monthly donor.]

Here are some YouTube channels worth supporting with at least viewership:

Just Have A Think (climate change):

About China (satire on current events):

News Satire (mostly Australian, but with parallels to America):

What Were Safe CO2 Levels?

Mankind could reasonably claim ‘innocence by ignorance’ for the crime of “anthropogenic global warming” until 1984. That’s when the documentary “The Greenhouse Effect and Planet Earth” (31 minutes) was televised. If you watch just the first minute, you’ll see why.
Indeed, oil companies themselves, at that time, also warned the public, as did every successive US President (until the current one). We can rightfully blame any number of shady characters for disinformation campaigns and such; but, in the end, almost all of us are to blame to varying degrees. Thus, with this back story,
optimal levels atmospheric carbon dioxide

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Carbon Dioxide’s “Goldilocks Zone”

Once upon a time, on this planet long long ago, a Great Oxygenation Event occurred and caused all life to slow as Cyanobacteria began to grow. Soon, all biospheric Carbon Dioxide nearly disappeared and so did all forms of life, too. But then, long term volcanic action saved the day and paved the way to restoring CO2 to much of its former glory.

Life gradually resumed and then it exploded, with all of Earth’s current biology seen in the former forms of our primordial ancestors. But then, on several occasions, CO2 became a monster instead of a savior whenever long term basaltic volcanic flows caused too much of it to be dumped into the biosphere so that great extinctions did follow. Afterwards, however, each time new forms of old life would gradually reappear and life did resume.

And so now, today, without the help of any heavy long term volcanic action, CO2 is again beginning to play a premiere role in the upcoming and ongoing extinction. Civilized life (in the form as we know it) is approaching a critical point of transition, and the fate of almost all  other life forms sharing our biosphere will be effected (with our demise being to their long term benefit).

Conclusion: Though the story of life on Earth shall continue on and on thru the annals of time and, as the current chapter is still being written, what we “do or don’t do” “in the now” will influence what happens thence, just as what occurred in the past manifests itself hence.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

George Carlin: “Climate Change” Is A Euphemism (soft talk)

First, listen to:
George Carlin on Soft Language”
and/or read:

I think that George Carlin would’ve agreed that ‘climate change’ is a euphemism for Global Warming, which in turn, is soft talk for “planetary temperature increase caused by the blanketing effect of carbon dioxide on infrared radiation that will complete the Sixth Extinction already initiated by environmental degradation, biodiversity loss and ecological crisis that’s amplified by the overpopulation problem which we will now solve by burning every last bit of the remaining fossil fuels, even going so far as tapping into methane hydrate to make doubly sure that we completely and totally desecrate God’s Creation and then blame it on Him by saying that it was His Will.”

Sixth Extinction, Anthropocene extinction, Holocene extinction:

Human Impact on the Environment:

Environmental Degradation:

Mining Methane Hydrate:

George Carlin- “Saving the Planet”  (8 minutes):

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

George Carlin: Circling the Drain

‪George Carlin, in the above four minute clip of an interview, says that he found a very liberating position for his 'comic voice' - that of not really caring if the outcome for the human experiment was successful or not. He gives up on wanting a positive outcome, and that he was now rooting for the "comet".‬

‪He, also,  said that he loves and treasures individuals / that the whole universe can be seen in their eyes when he meets them. But, he cares not for the groups they identify with and belong to -- that people give up their value as individuals for the sake of the group.‬

‪He does not blame politicians for our woes. "You get what you deserve, and you deserve what you get". Remember, that in the Preamble, it says We The People -- not them, these or those. People who hate government are committing suicide, because it's about self-government.‬


Climate Change: Merging Mitigation and Adaptation

Most ‘Deniers’ generally accept that our biosphere is warming, yet don’t accept the validity of the greenhouse effect. This, necessarily, eliminates most of their support for mitigation efforts — however, the secondary benefits of such (environmental improvements that improve the quality of life, etcetera) does attract some good Will from them.

Adaptation, however, is beginning to become more necessary (for some more than others).

“The distinction between mitigation and adaptation to climate change is somewhat artificial, and if we are to address the problem of climate change we need to start thinking of mitigation and adaptation in tandem – in one common box instead of two separate boxes, as we tend to do.... we are already locked into a certain degree of global warming and even very stringent mitigation action today will not be enough to stop the impacts of climate change for several decades (in the best case scenario); hence human society will have to adapt. However, we will reach certain tipping points beyond which adaptation will not be possible; so we have to mitigate NOW. Since mitigation reduces the rate and magnitude of warming, it also increases the time available for adaptation, potentially by several decades.”

“....the intersection of mitigation and adaptation with other societal goals can strengthen the basis for climate action. With a focus on meeting multiple objectives, increased co-benefits, and reduced adverse side effects, climate action can become much easier to undertake... the costs of action would be insignificant if one took the co-benefits into account – such as energy savings, reduced air pollution and better health, more efficient water and energy use, and job creation, among others...”