Saturday, January 2, 2010

No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years

It's very chilly here in my neck of the woods today, it would be nice to see a little global warming to contain my power bill this month. I personally think the global warming debate is about certain factions making mega-bucks promoting it!

ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2009) 
— Most of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activity does not remain in the atmosphere, but is instead absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems. In fact, only about 45 percent of emitted carbon dioxide stays in the atmosphere.

However, some studies have suggested that the ability of oceans and plants to absorb carbon dioxide recently may have begun to decline and that the airborne fraction of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions is therefore beginning to increase.

Many climate models also assume that the airborne fraction will increase. Because understanding of the airborne fraction of carbon dioxide is important for predicting future climate change, it is essential to have accurate knowledge of whether that fraction is changing or will change as emissions increase.

To assess whether the airborne fraction is indeed increasing, Wolfgang Knorr of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol reanalyzed available atmospheric carbon dioxide and emissions data since 1850 and considers the uncertainties in the data.

In contradiction to some recent studies, he finds that the airborne fraction of carbon dioxide has not increased either during the past 150 years or during the most recent five decades.

The research is published in Geophysical Research Letters.

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The Clean Energy Act of 2009 has already passed the House, and is set to go to the Senate floor next year.  I urge everyone to contact their senator to stop this nonsense that has the potential to economically destroy the United States of America.

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