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Beyond smoke and mirrors : climate change and energy in the by Burton Richter

By Burton Richter

"Global weather swap is among the most crucial matters humanity faces this day. This ebook assesses the practical, mindless and biased proposals for keeping off the doubtless disastrous results of worldwide warming, permitting the reader to attract their very own conclusions on switching to extra sustainable power provision. Burton Richter is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who has served on many US and overseas review Read more...


Nobel Prize-winning scientist's evaluate of recommendations for switching to sustainable strength provision to evade in all probability disastrous results of weather change. Read more...

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The direction of change can be calculated relatively simply, but for a precise answer, the biggest computers are required to do it numerically. for everything totals only about  GW at the daytime peak in usage on a hot summer day. It is simple to calculate roughly our planet’s surface temperature if there were no greenhouse effect at all, though it is complicated to calculate what happens in the real world. With no greenhouse effect, none of the  Greenhouse Earth energy radiated would be blocked and only the surface temperature would determine the energy outflow needed to balance the energy from the Sun.

Source: Pieter Tans, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO, and Ralph Keeling, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA) Revelle because of his interest in measuring atmospheric CO) began publishing his measurements of the amount of atmospheric CO in the late s. Keeling’s data were taken at an observatory built on a mountain in Hawaii, and showed a small saw-toothed oscillation in the amount of CO in the atmosphere superposed on a generally upward trend.

It has increased by only about % to date, but even that is significant. Some is produced naturally, and the increase comes from microbial interaction with the huge amount of nitrogen fertilizers used in farming, and from some chemical processes. Its -year lifetime means we have to pay attention to it. Fluorocarbons have a -year lifetime and could have become a serious problem. However, the Montreal Treaty (final version in ) to phase out production of fluorocarbons, which was made to close the Antarctic ozone hole, has dramatically reduced its release into the atmosphere.

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