If you have problems understanding the science side of the (so called*) debate on Global Warming, just consider Earth as a greenhouse**.
Whoops! It actually is!
References: Trenberth, K. E., J. T. Fasullo, and J. Kiehl, 2009: Earth’s global energy budget (PDF). Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 90, No. 3, 311-324,
Gases in the atmosphere that trap heat in the atmosphere are called greenhouse gases.
The USA’s Environmental Protection has an interesting webpage at https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/overview-greenhouse-gases that details the types of gases and their relative impact on Global Warming.
The most common and pervasive of these is, of course, Carbon Dioxide, known by its chemical designation CO2 and or the variation on that that is used by non-science types, CO2.
View the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2015 (published 2017), developed by the U.S. Government to meet U.S. commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Visit the public comments page to learn more about comments EPA received on the public review draft of the 1990-2015 GHG Inventory report.
Prior year versions of the GHG Inventory are available on the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Archive page. https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/inventory-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-sinks-1990-2015
But, possibly unknown to the Administrator of EPA, the USA’s Department of Energy (DOE) has been working in the same area but with the objective of not only understanding sources and sinks of greenhouse gases like Carbon Dioxide, but with and eye to doing something about reducing it.
Here’s are some key links and a chart from the DOE website, Let’s hope that they don’t get “modified” in the pursuit of “political nonscience” – if this link vanishes, you’ll know – but in the interest of transparency we have copied the image and published it here.
The largest contributor to these emissions is from electricity production (73 percent).(click to learn more about sources and sinks)
The diagram depicting the stationary anthropogenic CO2 emissions by major industry is (from a DOE web page https://www.netl.doe.gov/research/coal/carbon-storage/carbon-storage-faqs/what-are-the-primary-sources-of-co2).
Diagram depicting the stationary anthropogenic CO2 emissions by major industry.
The largest contributor to these emissions is from electricity production (73 percent).
(click to enlarge)
|Myth:||Carbon dioxide comes only from anthropogenic sources, especially from the burning of fossil fuels.|
|Reality:||Carbon dioxide comes from both natural and anthropogenic sources; natural sources are predominant.|
To learn more, search the web! The search engine that doesn’t track you and use your preferences in their business is DuckDuckGo.com and their search results for a search on “greenhouse effect” is at: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=greenhouse+effect&t=hf&ia=web.
*In a real debate both sides are assumed to be sincere. Most of the Global Warming critics deny proven science and few, if any, can provide reproducible, alternate scientific basis for their arguments. They just argue, the last bastion of obstructionism.
Thus, the deniers “side” is widely suspected of being not only insincere, but also biased against the facts in order to avoid taking needed action and denying only out of some other agenda than saving mankind’s future.
Recently some politicians in the USA have grudgingly agreed that the Earth is warming but continue the denial of man’s influence and the need to reduce greenhouse gases. Thus inaction persists in the USA and other countries with deniers in power.
However the rest of the civilized world has better science educated populous and elected representatives and they are making an effort to help slow the effects of greenhouse gases.