The advancement of humanity may very well depend upon our realizing that we each have a soul/spirit and, also, upon our intellectual ability to understand the greenhouse effect. Ironically, both involve understanding at inner levels that which we cannot physically and directly sense.
Let us then describe the greenhouse effect first, since the failure of mankind as a whole to appreciate it may bring the human race face-to-face with spiritual reality all too soon. Though perhaps, contemplating our spiritual nature might help raise our level of consciousness sufficiently such that we might better understand the interplay of Newtonian Physics and Quantum Mechanics in the Greenhouse Effect.
Actually, I only understand some of the quantum functions. Not enough to try to explain it, so I’ll post some links at the end to help with that. Instead, I’ll content myself with the following —
Visible sunlight (short wave electromagnetic radiation) passes through the atmosphere and strikes the surface of the Earth and is either reflected back into space or converted to heat. This heat is conducted throughout the object. This is called ‘thermal conduction’. As the object gives off heat in the form of long wave electromagnetic energy (infrared radiation) called ‘thermal radiation’. As this infrared radiation radiates outward, it passes thru the atmosphere. It does not interact with the smaller air molecules such as nitrogen and oxygen. It does, however, interact with the larger molecules such as carbon dioxide and water vapor. These greenhouse gases absorb and re-emit this ‘thermal radiation’, thus slowing down the heat’s escape into space. This is the ‘greenhouse effect’ and is what keeps the Earth from being a frozen ball of ice
How Quantum Mechanics Explains Global Warming (5 minutes):
Quantum Mechanics Explains Greenhouse Effect (15 minutes):