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October 22, 2012

Factual Accuracy Training

Filed under: Pinatubo,SO2 — sunshinehours1 @ 8:01 AM
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“Controversial shock jock Alan Jones has been ordered to undergo “factual accuracy” training, and to use fact-checkers, in another damaging blow to his credibility.”

“Regulators ruled that Jones breached broadcast rules by claiming Australians contributed just ”1 per cent of .001 per cent of carbon dioxide in the air.”

Aside from the scary fascist activites of the AGW crowd, keep this in mind:

 

Since the earth has not warmed for 16 years arguing about CO2 is misdirection. It doesn’t cause warming of any significance.

What did cause warming from 1980 to 1998 was in fact clean air legislation around the world.

The amount of SO2 produced by humans dropped by 1 Pinatubo volcanoes worth.

Once China’s coal burning got going, SO2 started to rise again and warming stopped.

The big lie is that exporting coal causes warming when in fact the exported coal cools the earth when it is burned.

 

September 14, 2012

Are we cooling the planet with SO2?

Filed under: Pinatubo,sulfur dioxide — sunshinehours1 @ 3:43 PM
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Today I am going to ask a provocative question. Are we cooling the planet with Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)?

Cooling you might say? I thought we were warming? It could be that we are keeping the planet 4C cooler than it would have been (and still appear to be warming).

Sulfur dioxide “is the chemical compound with the formula SO2. It is a toxic gas with a pungent, irritating smell, that is released by volcanoes and in various industrial processes. “

USGS: “The most significant climate impacts from volcanic injections into the stratosphere come from the conversion of sulfur dioxide to sulfuric acid, which condenses rapidly in the stratosphere to form fine sulfate aerosols. The aerosols increase the reflection of radiation from the Sun back into space, cooling the Earth’s lower atmosphere or troposphere. Several eruptions during the past century have caused a decline in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface of up to half a degree (Fahrenheit scale) for periods of one to three years. The climactic eruption of Mount Pinatubo on June 15, 1991, was one of the largest eruptions of the twentieth century and injected a 20-million ton (metric scale) sulfur dioxide cloud into the stratosphere at an altitude of more than 20 miles. “

From 1850 to 1980 SO2 emissions rose from almost 0 to 140,000 Gigagrams per year in 1980 and then dropped down to 110,000 Gigagrams around 2000 and then it started to rise again as China began to burn a lot more coal.

Illustration from Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 1101–1116, 2011 pg 1107 Anthropogenic sulfur dioxide emissions: 1850–2005 S. J. Smith1, J. van Aardenne2,*, Z. Klimont3, R. J. Andres4, A. Volke1, and S. Delgado Arias1

Pinatubo released 20 million metric tons of SO2 into the atmosphere.

20 million metric tons = 20,000 Gigagrams.

Therefore, around 1980, humans were releasing the equivalent of 7 Pinatubo’s worth of SO2 each year into the atmosphere.

Seven Pinatubo’s per year!

Depending on which reference, the cooling of one Pinatubo = .5F or .5C or even .6C.

That would mean human produced SO2 should be cooling the earth by about 3.5C.

Yet temperature went up over .5C from 1980 to 2000.

Oh wait, SO2 went down from 1980 to 2000 the equivalent of one Pinatubo.

Could it be that if there was no human SO2 in the atmosphere the temperature recovery from the Little Ice Age could have been as high as 4C instead of the .8C claimed?

Maybe all that coal China is burning is saving our planet!

(Yes I know low level SO2 is supposedly not as bad as SO2 at 30,000 feet, but high altitude SO2 also causes some stratospheric warming – look it up)

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