Effects of C02 on Nitrous Oxide Emissions

By | June 13, 2013

In the words of Cantarel et al. (2011), nitrous oxide (N2O) is “an influential greenhouse gas,” with a per-molecule global warming potential “approximately 300 times that of CO2 (IPCC, 2001),” and they say it “has shown linear increases of 0.2-0.3% per year over the last few decades, largely as a result of changes in agricultural practices and direct… Read More »

Interactive Effects of C02 and Temperature on Woody Plant Growth

By | June 5, 2013

As the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration continues to rise, most trees will likely exhibit increased rates of photosynthesis and biomass production, which can subsequently lead to an increase in the amount of timber that will likely be required to meet the growing needs of earth’s expanding human population. However, some individuals have predicted that CO2-induced global warming will counteract… Read More »

Climatic Effects of Black Carbon

By | May 22, 2013

Writing as background for their work, Kaspari et al. (2011)[1] state that “black carbon (BC, the absorbing component of soot) produced by the incomplete combustion of biomass, coal and diesel fuels can significantly contribute to climate change by altering the Earth’s radiative balance,” noting that “BC is estimated to have 55% of the radiative forcing effect of CO2… Read More »

Spinning the Climate, The Intergovernmental Pannel on Climate Change (IPCC)

By | May 21, 2013

The IPCC is claimed by some to have provided evidence that the earth’s climate is harmed by changes in the atmospheric concentrations. of greenhouse gases. These claims are false. This report explains how dubious observations and some genuine science has been distorted and “spun” to support a global campaign to limit human emissions of certain greenhouse gases which… Read More »

Interactive Effects of Temperature and Enhanced C02 on Agricultural Crops

By | May 21, 2013

As the air’s CO2 content rises, most plants exhibit increased rates of photosynthesis and biomass production (see our Plant Growth Database[1]), which should enhance the amount of food, fiber and timber production that can be utilized to feed, clothe and shelter earth’s expanding human population. However, some individuals have suggested that the growth-promoting effects of atmospheric CO2 enrichment… Read More »

Atmospheric Methane Concentrations

By | May 11, 2013

Atmospheric methane’s contribution to anthropogenic climate forcing is estimated to be about half that of CO2 when both direct and indirect components to its forcing are summed (see Figure 1, below); and nearly all models project atmospheric methane (CH4) concentrations will increase for at least the next 3 decades, with many of the scenarios assuming a much larger… Read More »

Solar Influence on Temperatures in Europe

By | May 8, 2013

We begin this review of the Sun’s influence on European temperatures with the study of Holzhauser et al. (2005)[1], who presented high-resolution records of variations in glacier size in the Swiss Alps together with lake-level fluctuations in the Jura mountains, the northern French Pre-Alps, and the Swiss Plateau in developing a 3,500-year climate history of west-central Europe, starting… Read More »

Solar Influence on Climate: Cosmic Rays

By | May 8, 2013

The study of extraterrestrial climatic forcing factors is primarily a study of phenomena related to the Sun. Historically, this field of inquiry began with the work of Milankovitch (1920, 1941), who linked the cyclical glaciations of the past million years to the receipt of solar radiation at the surface of the Earth as modulated by variations in Earth’s… Read More »