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The Greenhouse Effect: Origins, Falsification, & Replacement
Timothy Casey B.Sc. (Hons.)
First Uploaded ISO:2009-Oct-13
This article focuses on the lack of a clear thermodynamic definition of the greenhouse effect. The idea of a “greenhouse” effect was initially introduced in 1824, an age when only one mode of heat transfer was known and when the theory of “aether” was used to explain how light and heat were conducted through space. As the greenhouse effect was refuted by a simple experiment in 1909, this article finds that the mechanism of heat residence in materials subject to incident radiation, referred to in the modern misuse of the term “greenhouse effect”, would be better referred to via Kirchhoff’s Law. Furthermore, this modern reincarnation of the Greenhouse Effect, perhaps more aptly called the Kirchhoff Effect, is controlled by the material property of emissivity; a thermodynamic property that is poorly understood in translucent materials and as yet undocumented with respect to the temperature of a radiating translucent-body at thermal equilibrium. This article, in clarifying emissivity in this context, critically analyses the role of “greenhouse gases” in a modern radiation budget and finds that the putative relationship between carbon dioxide concentration and air temperature, has no evidentiary underpinning whatsoever. In fact, simple experimentation has shown that not only is visible light not converted into heat on absorbtion, but that carbon dioxide concentration has little if any effect on air temperature in the urban environment. This would indicate an equivalence of carbon dioxide and air emissivities and ergo, that carbon dioxide concentration makes little if any difference to the Kirchhoff Effect as it applies to the temperature of the atmospheric gas mixture we call air. As such, the the mechanism by which the addition of carbon dioxide warms the atmosphere has no empirical basis. Therefore the assertion that global warming is anthropogenic, may well be philosophical and perhaps political, but it is most certainly not scientific.