(Article by Anthony Bright-Paul republished from Principia-Scientific.org)
Far from greenhouse gas emissions generating heat, precisely the opposite is true.
What is the principal Greenhouse Gas?
It is Water Vapour, which constitutes 90% of all Greenhouse Gases. How is it generated? Answer: As the infrared radiation from the Sun strikes the surface of the oceans liquid salt water is turned into a gas, Water Vapour, by evaporation. Evaporation is cooling, not warming – every simpleton knows that.
This gas, this water vapour, then rises up by convection and condenses into clouds. Clouds are also cooling as they scatter the incoming solar infrared radiation. Then rain, snow or sleet falls from these clouds. What is a common observation, most remarkably in summer?
The temperature drops, as the atmosphere cools rapidly. So here we see that the principle Greenhouse gas leads to cooling all round. It is hardly surprising that we do not hear calls for emissions of Water Vapour to be culled.
What is even more remarkable is that the salt water of the oceans is turned into fresh water to fill our reservoirs, lakes, rivers and streams, which in turn find their way out to the sea. This is the miracle of the Water Cycle – truly the miracle of water into wine, of salt water into fresh.
The transport of perishable foodstuffs depends upon refrigeration, whether by lorry, by aircraft or most importantly by container ships at sea. What is the principal refrigerant?
It is Carbon Dioxide, that most maligned of all the greenhouse gases.
Far from warming the Planet, as we are supposed to believe, that clear colourless gas is not only a coolant, but also a fire retardant and a refrigerant.
Ah! say some Physicists, sagely nodding their heads, but Carbon Dioxide absorbs infrared. In layman’s language that means it ‘warms up’. But then everything under the Sun absorbs infrared and warms up except three things.
The two principle gases of the atmosphere, Nitrogen and Oxygen, are transparent to infrared, whether incoming or outgoing, so they do not warm from the infrared. What is the third item, if one can call it an item?
It is vacuum, it is nothing, one cannot warm ‘nothing’, since there is nothing to get warm.
It is absolute folly to dismiss the Water Cycle, it is even greater folly to forget or misunderstand the Carbon Cycle. Carbon Dioxide is food for green plants on land and sea. We cannot live without Oxygen and green plants and ocean plankton need Carbon Dioxide as a food, from which Oxygen is produced as a by-product through Photosynthesis.
To treat Carbon Dioxide as a pollutant is one of the biggest mistakes mankind could make and has made these past 30 or more years. Indeed all the bad air in cities could be solved by encouraging green spaces, by the planting of more trees. We all need to be green, truly green, not hysterical and political green, which is another animal altogether.
Great Nature already has the systems in place to produce fresh water from seawater, the Water Cycle. Great Nature already has the systems in place to produce fresh air from foul air – the Carbon Cycle through Photosynthesis. So we do not need to Save the Planet, since the planet knows better than any climate scientist how to save itself.