Massive natural global cooling process discovered

Massive natural global cooling process discovered

“As world leaders get ready to head to Paris for the latest pact on cutting CO2 emissions, it has emerged that there isn’t as much urgency about the matter as had been thought,” says this article by Lewis Page.

More isoprene is apparently produced on the border between ocean and atmosphere than previously thought. The gas contributes to the formation of clouds and has therefore influence on the global climate. Photo: Tilo Arnhold/TROPOS
More isoprene is apparently produced on the border between ocean and atmosphere than previously thought. The gas contributes to the formation of clouds and has therefore influence on the global climate. Photo: Tilo Arnhold/TROPOS

A team of top-level atmospheric chemistry boffins say they have identified a new process by which vast amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted into the atmosphere from the sea – a process which was unknown until now (and which climate models do not take into account).

“The effect of VOCs in the air is to cool the climate down,” says Page. “Indeed, global temperatures have actually been stable for more than fifteen years, a circumstance which was not predicted by climate models.”

In addition to being produced by living organisms such as plants and trees and plankton, the new study shows that a key VOC, isoprene, is also produced in very large amounts at the top of the ocean by the action of sunlight on floating chemicals.

“With the discovery of the new abiotic sea process, the idea that cutting carbon emissions may not be all that urgent is looking stronger. That’s probably good news, as it has emerged lately that efforts to cut carbon emissions to date are having the unfortunate side effect of poisoning us all.”

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20 thoughts on “Massive natural global cooling process discovered

  1. England has just had its coldest September since 1993. Slight Schadenfruede amongst we Jocks, as in the last few days, it’s been warmer in Aviemore and Braemar than Rome.

    • All thanks to the departing High Pressure and its inversion layer, 20C on top of the mountain -2C below it in Scotland.
      With today one of the best afternoon “Sun” days for some time, we might get one more, warm weekend for winter kicks in.
      However, in the English Midlands we will pay for it next week with the remnants of a Tropical storm ex hurricane with days of wind and rain.

  2. I am wondering if this is a key to understanding the cycle of global warming / cooling.

    As the climate cools, plant growth diminishes and sea levels fall, sea surface area shrinks, resulting in less isoprene from plants and less isoprene from the ocean . . . when the isoprene emissions fall enough, the climate begins warming again.

    As the climate warms, there is more plant growth, sea level rises and sea surface area expands, there is more isoprene emitted . . . when the isoprene emissions get high enough, they begin cooling the planet again, back to the next ice age.

    • One would think that as the sun cools or warms up creates the cycles of all organic matter on earth.
      An amazing balancing act the organic life plays in the attempt to keep temperatures constant on earth as the sun goes from one cycle to the next eh.
      Thank goodness we are upon a rock that adjusts the dynamics of all things not yet fully understood by man. Might I say as well that man will be bent to destroy himself long before we get close to getting close to the understanding.

      Be well

  3. I’ve always enjoyed Lewis Page’s writing – especially the British terms like “boffins” – both respectful and disrespectful at the same time.

    Interestingly, the best way to produce energy from hydrocarbon fuels is the oldest known – boiling water to produce steam.

    Modern boilers using liquid hydrocarbons can emit almost no real pollutants – if like me you don’t see CO2 as “carbon pollution”.

    Modern large scale power plants can be fitted to emit very low levels of pollution but small scale plants can be even more efficient.

    NOx and CO compounds are predominantly the consequence of explosive combustion in an internal combustion engine – a process which never results in a total burn.

    We have become addicted to the instantaneous availability of energy produced by internal combustion engines – as well as the excitement – but we could be running much cleaner independent vehicles using the oldest technology known – steam.

    Green groups could achieve more of their goals by recognising this.

    • err? Rosco,
      steam would be ok, BUT…we have to burn something to heat the water..whadda we do? coal or wood burners like in war years?

    • How do you make money off of readily available water? That’s why it’s not done…..automobiles could easily be made to run on steam

    • And precisely how will you be creating the energy to create the steam? My guess is you will be burning oil or gas, right? I was under the impression that catalytic converters pretty much eliminated the NOx and CO for gasoline engines. Oddly enough, when I read the article about poisoning us, the reason for going after NOx in the first place wasn’t really listed. Yes, it forms acid rain – very much like the sulfur oxides being belched because of the process to remove the NOx, but the real reason at the time was that NOx creates nitrates that act as a fertilizer and was causing algae growth in the canals and lakes. At that time, there wasn’t any concern about it creating ozone – if it does at ground level, since they were already hammering on ozone, I would have to say “I doubt it.”

  4. WOW – an explanation, watch that Isoprene now being used to explain the pause or cooling that all of us deniers have been claiming for years, and we didn’t need Isoprene.

  5. Heavy snowfall in Lapland. This Sunday 10 cm of snowfall is expected in Lapland. Sunday is becoming a snowy day in central and northern Lapland. The snow is snowing heavily in the land of the Midnight Sun in the Kittilä, Muonio and Sodankylän areas.
    Next week, night frosts are spread throughout the country.
    Night frosts snow-covered areas can be pretty tight. During the night between Monday and Tuesday can be up to ten-degree frosts.

  6. So let me get this straight, now VOCs are good. The EPA has ruined the paint industry and over regulated automotive industry trying to limit the VOCs but now they are OK. They all need to be taken in back of the shed and flogged.

  7. Only a “Denier” would think this should have any impact on what the IPCC has for an agenda. The discovery will never see the light of day. And YES, I am being optimistic.

    The same old argument will continue “But what if CO2 does have an impact. Are you willing to take the chance?”.

  8. Roy Spencer mentioned something similar back in 2007, where precipitation cycles recycle the air and cools the climate naturally. Without precipitation systems, the average temperature on Earth would be about 140 F, according to Roy Spencer, senior climatologist.

    And now we have an ice age on our hands, of course, due to naturally re-occurring cycles. Heavy flooding in summer and record snowfall in winter is part of that cycle.

  9. Iain Cameron’s Scottish snow patch survey is in and it shows a much better hockeystick effect than Al Gores stuff! Almost 20 times the number this year than in 2008.

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