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No one is in doubt that the planet will eventually settle towards a new equilibrium (obviously it's never completely fixed), but it's possible we may not be around to see it as a species.
The geological record shows that it has never been in equilibrium
All of these mechanisms can be observed in the laboratory and locally on a daily scale, and there's no reason to suspect that the laws of physics and biochemistry have changed over geological time. Water is the thermostat, CO2 is the thermometer.
The timing seems to indicate an increase of temperatures preceding the increase in CO2 levels, with the interpretation that the rising temperatures drive the CO2 out of the oceans.
... if the geological record showed CO2 increasing before temperature. But alas, it's the other way around.
I seem to have overlooked the data showing that temperatures rose prior to any CO2 being released 55m years ago.
It's interesting to apply the supposed CO2 forcing function to the atmosphere of Mars, knowing he solar inoput and the concentration of CO2 in its almost water-free atmosphere. It turns out that Mars is a lot colder than predicted, so the forcing function must be wrong.
1. Do you accept that humans have released a significant volume of CO2 into the atmosphere?
Quote from: Ophiolite on 17/10/2013 12:46:421. Do you accept that humans have released a significant volume of CO2 into the atmosphere?Measurable, or at least calculable, yes. Significant? I think not. And I hope not! 10% of all anthropogenic CO2 comes from humans breathing, and another 25% from farm animals. If our emissions are significant and significantly damaging to the ecosystem, we must kill ourselves and stop eating meat.
99.9% of the food we eat is from consuming plants that convert CO2 into hydrocarbons and carbohydrates. Thus you end up with a cycle in which the CO2 is absorbed by plants, eaten, released, and reabsorbed by plants.
Quote from: peppercorn on 17/10/2013 20:01:47I seem to have overlooked the data showing that temperatures rose prior to any CO2 being released 55m years ago.In the glacial records, the temperature rise tends to occur before the CO2 rise. However, I'm not sure if they have the data in the clay records to make the same determination. That doesn't remove the possibility of a positive feedback in which a small temperature rise could be amplified by a CO2 rise, causing a further temperature increase and greater CO2 release.
The most active Western Pacific typhoon season was in 1964, when 39 storms of tropical storm strength formed. The least activity seen in the northwest Pacific ocean was during the 2010 Pacific typhoon season, when only 14 tropical storms and seven typhoons formed.
...A lot of typhoons and hurricanes that we are experiencing these days are due to low pressure and warmer water. Global warming is the cause of most of these natural disaster.