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Peter Wadhams on Carbon Dioxides life-cycle
« on: August 21, 2016, 09:45:04 AM »
How intense is methane as a heater of the atmosphere compared with carbon dioxide?


It is 23 times more powerful. However, methane dissipates much more quickly than carbon dioxide. It gets oxidised so that it only lingers in the atmosphere for about seven or eight years. By contrast, carbon dioxide hangs around in the climate system for about 100 years before it ends up in the sea and is absorbed by creatures that die and litter the seabed. At least that is what scientists thought. Today, there are quite a number of researchers who think carbon dioxide could last 1,000 years in the atmosphere.

source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/21/arctic-will-be-ice-free-in-summer-next-year

 The question is do we actually have a firm handle on how destructive carbon dioxide is?
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Re: Peter Wadhams on Carbon Dioxides life-cycle
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2016, 10:12:11 AM »
How about opening a central thread to discuss anything related to Peter Wadhams, instead of clogging the forum?
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