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Honey! I shrunk the atmosphere!

The latest hysteria involves the atmosphere, to be more specific it’s the thermosphere according to this article from CNN.

(CNN) — An upper layer of Earth’s atmosphere recently shrank so much that researchers are at a loss to adequately explain it, NASA said on Thursday.

The thermosphere, which blocks harmful ultraviolet rays, expands and contracts regularly due to the sun’s activities. As carbon dioxide increases, it has a cooling effect at such high altitudes, which also contributes to the contraction.

Here we go with CO2 Insanity if course they HAD to have CO2 in the blame game part of this article, heaven forbid it could be caused by only variations in the Sun. After this statement, notice they back down some in the next statement.

But even these two factors aren’t fully explaining the extraordinary contraction which, though unlikely to affect the weather, can affect the movement of satellites, researchers said.

“This is the biggest contraction of the thermosphere in at least 43 years,” John Emmert of the Naval Research Lab was quoted as saying in NASA news report.

OK, so we now have “aren’t fully explaining,” “unlikely to affect the weather,” then we even get dumber with “the biggest contraction of the thermosphere in at least 43 years.” 43 years? Now that’s a long time to be collecting data (not!). You just have to laugh at the alarmism.  I mean it’s like “we don’t know crap, but let’s use this to get everybody all stirred up about CO2 so we can get that grant money going because we’ll really have to spend gazillions to study this one!”

Then we get more wishy-washy statements.  Nothing factual, no science, just what amounts to a biased opinion.

Emmert suggests that the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide making its way into the upper atmosphere might have played a role in the anomaly.

Can you imagine if a doctor did something like this? It’s like a doctor saying “Gee, we won’t run any tests, we don’t have any real proof, but my gut instinct is you need brain surgery so we’ll operate tomorrow.” The CO2 insanity is getting stranger by the day.

We also have a “magnifying” effect again.  The claim is that CO2 somehow mysteriously amps the planet’s heat (even though this violates laws of thermodynamics), and now we have it “magnifying cooling!” I guess all those laws of thermodynamics are meaningless when it comes to proving CO2 is a problem of any kind.

Carbon dioxide acts as a coolant in the upper atmosphere, unlike in the lower atmosphere, shedding heat via infrared radiation. As carbon dioxide levels build up on Earth, it makes its way into the upper levels and magnifies the cooling action of the solar minimum, Emmert said.

Someone please tell me why if the lower atmosphere flows heat to cold (in accordance with the laws of thermodynamics) why the upper atmosphere suddenly violates this? I mean if out space is colder than the warmer thermosphere, then the warmer heat from the thermosphere should flow into the colder outer space, no?

He then backs off this “theory” again as follows:

But, Emmert said, even taking into account the solar activity and carbon dioxide buildup doesn’t fully account for this abnormal collapse.

Despite the puzzling anomaly, the collapse of the thermosphere is unlikely to have a direct effect on our daily lives, said Solomon.

“It’s not going to affect the weather, or you won’t be able to tell that this is going on by looking at the sky. It’s not going to look any darker,” he said.

See what I mean? After getting all “alarmist” over the CO2 factor they flat admit it “doesn’t fully account,” “unlikely to have a direct effect on our daily lives,” and “it’s not going to affect the weather.” So why the alarmism? If you go back to common sense we’re having a solar minimum.  I’d bet if you could go back to the Maunder Minimum you’d see the same effect, but I’m not into prognostication like some “warmer” scientists seem to be, so who really knows?

Source: CNN

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