What About the CO2?
The above chart explains that as the temperature of the ocean water increases, the solubility of CO2 (the amount of dissolved CO2 the water can retain) declines about 2.6% for each 1˚C increase. Because the oceans contain about 50-times the amount of CO2 as the atmosphere, if the entire oceans’ water temperature increased 1˚C, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would increase a colossal 130%.
However, generally only the top ~5% surface of the ocean waters warm (unless it is geothermal warming), and phytoplankton quickly consume much of the CO2 in photosynthesis to subsequently serve at the basis of the food chain for most of the oceans’ animal life.
The endothermic reaction of photosynthesis consumes thermal energy, converting it into carbon life, with the effect of actually cooling the water. Thus, additional CO2 in both the atmosphere and water is used by plants/phytoplankton in endothermic photosynthesis, also cooling the air, as a benign negative feedback mechanism that keeps the Earth’s temperatures more stable. Forests are cooler than desserts, for that reason, even though they are darker coloured.
The point of the above reasoning is that CO2 in the air is increased primarily by ocean water warming, as an effect of global warming, rather than a cause.
As humans add more CO2 to the air by combusting hydrocarbon fuels (warming the air), they increase the amount available for plants (cooling the air). The CO2 does not itself “warm the air” as a product of combustion. “Warming the atmosphere” means that the thermal energy in the atmosphere is increased. The idea that CO2 (0.04% of the atmosphere), through increased molecular vibrations, stores more thermal energy than N2 or O2 (99% of the atmosphere), through increased translational or rotational velocity, is ludicrous, and contrary to mainstream, historically validated physics, in spite of its near universal endorsement by today’s politicized “scientists”.
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