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EDITED: I must apologize. I had read some time ago that water vapor comprises 90 percent of the GHG's, but according to wikipedia it is 70%. I thought I better post this just in case somebody decides to check my numbers.
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Originally posted by undermind
Hi, welcome to ATS,
One major problem with anthropogenic-driven climate change is that it presents its case to the public as being purely linear, mechanistic in the eighteenth century sense as if the atmosphere of the earth was a closed vessel.
Their view is completely in the classical/Newtonian (not to knock Sir Isaac) mould, in that they regard the relationship between matter and energy as being continuous.
The actual relationship, as first proposed by Max Planck, and confirmed by over a hundred and thirty years of scientific experiment and observation is that emission and absorption of energy can occur only in discrete amounts: quanta.
Measurement of quanta within the carbon cycle (of which atmospheric CO2 is a part) - even the most significant and relevant inputs/components of the carbon cycle such as Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR)(400-700nm] is virtually non-existant!
Because of its simplicity and sound bite usefulness in the media, the erroneous Newtonian continuous/classical linear model has gained traction (not to mention funding) among politicians, economists, people who think passion=scientific correctness, armies of well meaning school kids who are provided with a pre-packaged misanthropic cause to "fight" for, and a growing bureacracy of science seat warmers who see no contradiction at all in promulgating a theory from the early 1700's as if saying it often enough makes it any the less disproven.
[edit on 9-12-2008 by undermind]