Global warming not driven by natural forces
By examining how Earth cools itself down after a period of natural warming, a new study has found that global temperature does not rise or fall...
New York: By examining how Earth cools itself down after a period of natural warming, a new study has found that global temperature does not rise or fall chaotically in the long run and unless pushed by outside forces, temperatures should remain stable.
The new evidence may finally help put the chill on skeptics' belief that long-term global warming occurs in an unpredictable manner, independently of external drivers such as human impacts. Using global climate models and NASA satellite observations of Earth's energy budget from the last 15 years, the researchers found that a warming Earth is able to restore its temperature equilibrium through complex changes in the atmosphere and the way radiative heat is transported.
Scientists have long attributed this stabilisation to a phenomenon known as the Planck Response, a large increase in infrared energy that Earth emits as it warms. These other mechanisms include a net release of energy over regions that are cooler during a natural, unforced warming event.
And there can be a transport of energy from the tropical Pacific to continvental and polar regions where the Planck Response overwhelms positive, heat-trapping local effects.