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The Madness of Global Warming

March 6, 2012

Mount Tambora,  in Indonesia, erupted in April 10, 1815, Its world wide effects caused what is known as the “Poverty Year” or “The year without a summer”. In North America snow fell in the month of June and record snows fell worldwide. The severe climate changes caused by the explosion left many countries suffering from the effects of devastating famine and epidemic outbreaks.

Krakatoa is a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra, also in Indonesia. In the year 1883 the island suffered a volcanic explosion so severe it was heard in Sydney, Australia.

Mount Pinatubo lies in the Philippines. Its eruption in June 1991 will be remembered as the second largest eruption of the 20th century and the largest eruption in living memory.

Apart from their vast explosive power all three of these eruptions/explosions had a few things in common, they all threw a tremendous amount of dust particles into the atmosphere and ozone depletion temporarily increased, but what should concern us the most when thinking about Global Warming is that they all helped to lower global temperatures for at least three years after each individual event

There is something else these three events have in common and that is that they all happened at a moment in time in which our world was beginning to warm through the effects of fossil fuel burning and other human activities, so it begs the question:

How much warmer would our world be today if these eruptions had not occurred?

We can confidently state that nature has its own unique way of counteracting the effects of the harmful warming activities performed by humanity, we can also state that were it not for these events our world today would be much, much warmer. Therefore when considering the incredible power that it took for these eruptions to cool the globe we should all realize the tremendous effort humanity must make in order to restore terrestrial temperatures to those of the pre-industrial era.

How much effort will it take for us to do the same as these volcanic explosions?

Just imagine that if in a moment of madness humanity decided to create its own volcanic style explosion in order to reduce global warming; When Krakatoa exploded it did so with a force equivalent to four times the energy of the Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear weapon ever built, in other words, the explosion had the equivalent power of about 13,000 times the power of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

The combined energy of what you are about to see in the video is the equivalent of the Tambora, Krakatoa and Pinatubo volcanic eruptions all put together, watch and learn exactly what kind of effort it will take to restore the balance of nature we are all helping to destroy.

Unfortunately it also shows you the wickedness of humanity!

If we don’t start introducing methods to lower Global Warming now then soon the only solution left to us will be to drop a nuclear weapon inside a volcano, I am sure that is something nobody wants to contemplate so we best start now with whatever other methods we have at our disposal.

We must do something now, before it is all too late, otherwise ….. God help us all!

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  1. March 6, 2012 7:52 am

    We can confidently state that nature has its own unique way of counteracting the effects of the harmful warming activities performed by humanity

    Can we?

    I’ve come to conclude that if we burn all reserves of oil, gas and coal, there is a substantial chance we will initiate the runaway greenhouse. If we also burn the tar sands and tar shale, I believe the Venus syndrome is a dead certainty.
    James Hansen (2009) Storms of My Grandchildren page 236

  2. March 6, 2012 9:10 am

    A mini-blog for you, Pendantry.

    Nature does have her own unique ways of cooling the planet, (very large volcanic eruptions) unfortunately her ways only come around once in a while and not exactly when humanity needs it. If humanity does cause a runaway greenhouse ( and I believe we will ) then it will only kill life as we know it, but within a few hundred, perhaps a few thousand years, the world would cool again, it is an unstoppable fact of nature.

    The truth of AGW is that humanity is sucking all the energy from this planet, transforming it into useful work and forcing it into the atmosphere as heat, we have no choice, if we don’t do it we shall die as a civilization but if we do it, and continue to do it too fast, we shall die as a species.

    It is a fact that heat will be temporarily trapped by the greenhouse gasses that we are creating but eventually it will all escape into space and it will never return. We might warm the planet for a while but as sure as the sun will one day die out, this planet will cool again, we just won’t be here to see it happen.

    It is the nature of the universe that heat must flow to colder areas and that the coldness that predominates the vastness of space will eventually draw it all out of this planet, bringing in a new and permanent ice age. This is known as entropy.

    Incredibly scientists know this and instead of explaining it to humanity they choose to remain silent on the issue. They should teach it so that humanity might learn just how precious energy/heat is and how carefully we should use it so as to conserve what little we have of it.

    What we have been doing so far is to waste so much of it that we can actually see and feel this energy/heat as it is first trapped by our planet (greenhouse) and then very slowly, lost into space (entropy). either way, we are killing ourselves through over consumption of our precious resources and we need to learn new ways

    “Any method involving the notion of entropy, the very existence of which depends on the second law of thermodynamics, will doubtless seem to many as far-fetched, and may repel beginners as an obscure and abstract concept which is difficult of comprehension.” – Willard Gibbs, Thermodynamics of Fluids

    • March 9, 2012 12:01 am

      I’m not as certain as you that the Earth would cool again in the event of a runaway greenhouse; it’s referred to as the ‘Venus syndrome’ for a reason. Nature holds sway on Venus too, and that has been damn’ hot for a great deal longer than ‘a few hundred, or a few thousand years’. Venus shows no sign of the gases in its atmosphere, or the heat trapped within it, leaking of into space due to entropy or any other mechanisms anytime soon.

      The facts as I understand them are that in the event of a runaway greenhouse, humanity will have consigned not just our species but all life on this planet to oblivion. YMMV.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=buqtdpuZxvk

      • March 9, 2012 12:50 am

        Hansen and others are right in the short term only. All life on earth will die from the greenhouse effect but not the planet, the laws of physics cannot be broken, earth must cool eventually.

        “Dominant non-thermal loss processes differ based on the planetary body in discussion. The varying relative significance of each process is based on planetary mass, atmospheric composition, and distance from the sun … Venus … Mars … …….Earth is too large to lose particles efficiently through Jeans Escape……. Earth’s mass prevents other non-thermal loss processes from appreciably depleting the atmosphere.”

        (there is too much to write it all here, all in wiki) 🙂

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_escape

        Also something that is not mentioned there, (Chemistry) Water is the death bed for hydrogen, once the bond is made with oxygen there is very little that will break its molecular bond .. Water molecules are very heavy here because of earth’s gravity.

        Mars also had water once, but its gravity is less so it lost most of it to space through evaporation, Earth’s gravity is far greater so we shan’t lose much water, it will instead turn to ice when the greenhouse eventually puts so much water vapor in the air that no heat will get through, then earth will cool from the surface up via infrared and ultraviolet radiation through the poles. it will take a while but it will happen.

      • March 9, 2012 4:21 am

        I may be wrong, but I remain unconvinced by your argument (Wikipedia, while immensely useful, is certainly not an authoritative reference source!). I think the salient point is that we’re agreed that we humans are making a very, very poor job of our stewardship of this planet — and it’s past time we acted to correct this situation!

  3. March 9, 2012 4:18 pm

    Authoritative reference source? “thermodynamics of the earth and planets” – the section on Lord Kelvin by Antonio Patino Douce, published by Cambridge University in 2011 and recognized as “the” must have nerd book of the year 🙂

    Corrective Solution= waste less heat … lots less. .

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