In “global warming” scenarios, the feared “greenhouse” gas CO2, released by mammals by burning fossil fuels and even worse, by breathing, will warm Earth, and melt glaciers. The melt water will increase seawater levels inundating water front property. Stormy conditions will be prevalent and catastrophic. Ultimately, a runaway situation will end high-level life on the planet. Noah’s flood?
Solutions range from limiting mammal populations and outlawing fossil fuel use, to mandating stopgap fix it widgets.
People have had cause for concern as populations have spiraled up. Global surface temperatures had perhaps trended up for a time. For various reasons, glaciers are less prominent in some areas and sea levels have reportedly risen. All are aware of the damage done by pollution on land, sea, and air. Then there are the twenty-four hour weather channels that do a good job of reporting all weather of any conceivable interest everywhere in the country. Even a dust devil caught on camera in some desolate area is aired countrywide. Extensive reporting makes weather seem worse.
Statistics show no increase in severe weather even though seasonal storm damage is much higher- there is simply much more improved property in storms’ way. People now build in areas their grandparents would not have considered such as beaches, flood plains, and forests prone to seasonal fire. Others build on past mountainside mudflows because the view is excellent. Their building site choices have no affect on the weather or on recurring tectonic activity for that matter.
One should be grateful that there are individuals and organizations that sound the alarm when something seems amiss. Many sincere people are making concerted efforts to deal with what they are convinced is a serious problem. It is completely reasonable to add the costs of running a clean business to a product’s selling price. However, although any pollution is a negative, the global warming culprit gas CO2 is not pollution in the common sense; producers of oxygen love CO2 while producers of CO2 love oxygen. In both cases of making and consuming the gases, the relative abundance of the gases is a good measure of the vitality of Earth’s ecosystems.
Except for the brief bit of skepticism that follows, no side is taken as to whether or not “global warming” is occurring. Instead, issue is taken as to causes of heat buildup and heat loss at Earth’s surface. In addition, “global warming” appears to be more of a political phenomenon than an atmospheric one. One should ask who gains politically on either side from a global warming crisis.
If Earth’s surface is warming, it may prove helpful to understand why even though it may not be fixable. Knowing is better than not knowing.
A percentage shift in atmospheric gas proportions, large or small, does not affect surface temperatures on Earth or anywhere else. This is both logical at all technical levels and is provable based on data from other planets including Mars and Venus. The purported global warming crisis is a targeted misapplication of science leaving many searching for evidence in measurements of unrealistic certainty.
The percentage concentration of CO2 on Venus is similar to that on Mars yet Mars is as cold as expected. The differences between Venus and Mars include their mantle temperatures, atmospheric pressure, and the Sun’s proximity- not gas percentages. If CO2 is a problem then clearly the problem it poses is unrelated to its percentage concentration. On both Mars and Venus, if other (non-condensing) gases at current pressures replaced existing (non-condensing) gases, both planets would retain their respective temperatures.
Two planetary temperature extremes one hot, one cold, Venus and Mars respectively, with equivalent gas percentages proves gas percentages are not a factor in planetary surface temperature. It cannot work both ways. Yes, yes, other things are different on the two planets- exactly the point one should recognize. The Ideal Gas Law is a linear relationship. There can be no maximum or minimum points between two temperature extremes. Due to the presence of atmospheric gases operating in their refrigerant range (explained later), temperature is piecewise proportionate to gas pressure.
Is something causing an ongoing temperature trend at Earth’s surface?
To know Earth’s temperature at any given time, a necessarily vast array of surface temperature measurements must take into account seasonal averages, shifts in sea currents, and weather happenstance. There are many seemingly random variables. Measurements are never exact, nor are science’s understandings of the many periodic cycles of weather. All this seriously invalidates global temperature measurement data. Just one wrong assumption or one bit of inaccuracy can flip arguments entirely.