May the Forcing be with you!

It is interesting that the green house gas emissions that are a by-product of human activity have already increased the amount of energy retained by the Earth by nearly 3 watts per square metre providing an extra ~1% more energy to drive the planet’s climate system. Added up over the Earth’s entire surface this is equal to the energy released from burning more than 2 million tonnes of oil every minute, more than  100 times the world’s current rate of energy consumption over the same period. Or put another way, if we set out purposefully to conduct an experiment in climate change by heating up the atmosphere to current temperatures in the absence of this additional green house warming, we would exhaust our currently recoverable oil reserves within six months.

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3 Responses to May the Forcing be with you!

  1. the Grit says:

    Hi y’all,

    Well send some of that warming over here! North America is getting hit with record low temperatures again this year, and it’s not even winter yet. Heck, even down here in the South I’m already having to keep a fire going, a month early. On the other hand, the extra exercise of splitting more firewood will probably do me good.

    the Grit

  2. Stephan says:

    Hi Grit,

    It would be nice to be able to turn on the heat when required and take the chill off these autumnal mornings. Maybe Matt can instigate one of his climate engineering projects and coordinate a global turning on of patio heaters for a few hours a day so we can squeeze an extra few degrees out of the system:-)

    Stephan

  3. the Grit says:

    Hi Stephan,

    Climate engineering! Cool! On the other hand, it’s more than a chill over here. We’ve already had two frosts, and they’re having snow storms up North. And way ahead of schedule. On the funny side of the situation, one of Al Gore’s global warming lectures had to be canceled due to an unexpected early blizzard. You can’t buy irony like that 🙂

    the Grit

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