…Good News for Humanity, Part 1…
Every newspaper and TV News Broadcast should have heralded the most important news story from Madrid in December.
This diagram puts to rest the idea that CO2 is a threat to mankind.
The top curve is the theoretical heat loss from the Earth into the vacuum of space for the range of frequencies, assuming no atmosphere. This is Planck’s curve for heat loss from the Earth’s blackbody. (Notations above the curves are of various chemical compounds at their spectral frequencies.)
The sawtooth curve shows the actual heat loss through the Earth’s atmosphere for each frequency, where the percentages of CO2 are 0 ppm, (in green), 400 ppm (in black) and 800 ppm (in red). The sawtooth curve is known as the Schwarzschild curve. (The heat loss for all other compounds are for conditions as they exist today.)
Of particular importance are the circled, red and black, CO2 curves.
These two curves, highlighted by the circle, are virtually the same, indicating that heat loss is nearly unchanged after doubling CO2 from 400 to 800 ppm.
In other words, adding CO2 to the atmosphere so that atmospheric levels of CO2 doubles (from 400 ppm to 800 ppm) has virtually no effect on temperatures. CO2 is saturated, and adding more CO2 to the atmosphere has a minimal effect.
Note that heat loss from the Earth would have been greater if atmospheric CO2 was at 0 ppm, as shown by the green curve.
The fact that CO2 levels can double from today, without affecting temperatures is great news for mankind.
It should be shouted from every rooftop, “Increasing atmospheric levels of CO2 has minimal effect on temperatures.”
There is no need for a carbon tax.
There is no need to impose regulations to curtail CO2 emissions.
There is no need to stop using fossil fuels.
This is great news for humanity since it can continue to have access to the lowest cost sources of energy.
Please forward to people on your email list. The media won’t report this good news.
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Note: Dr. W. Happer, Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Princeton University, and former science advisor to the president of the United States on the National Security Council.
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