Original Article

Environmental Geology

, Volume 58, Issue 6, pp 1207-1213

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Greenhouse gases and greenhouse effect

  • G. V. ChilingarAffiliated withDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rudolf W. Gunnerman Energy and Environment Laboratory, University of Southern California Email author 
  • , O. G. SorokhtinAffiliated withInstitute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences
  • , L. KhilyukAffiliated withRussian Academy of Natural Sciences, American Branch
  • , M. V. GorfunkelAffiliated withRussian Academy of Natural Sciences, American Branch

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Conventional theory of global warming states that heating of atmosphere occurs as a result of accumulation of CO2 and CH4 in atmosphere. The writers show that rising concentration of CO2 should result in the cooling of climate. The methane accumulation has no essential effect on the Earth’s climate. Even significant releases of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide into the atmosphere do not change average parameters of the Earth’s heat regime and the atmospheric greenhouse effect. Moreover, CO2 concentration increase in the atmosphere results in rising agricultural productivity and improves the conditions for reforestation. Thus, accumulation of small additional amounts of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere as a result of anthropogenic activities has practically no effect on the Earth’s climate.


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