The Myths of Global Warming – 5
by Peter Eyre on 12 Dec 2009 0 Comment

It is time to look at the wonders of all the different systems that control mother earth. It is very complex and it all happens without us even knowing about it. Every cycle has a purpose to cleanse our atmosphere and our environment. As pointed out, do not be put off by governments who want to scare us into believing that time is running out. It is the governments of the G20 that have to change their approach to climate. It does not require taxes but just good old common sense. Many measures can be taken to not only save fuel, but also to make our journey much more efficient. Planning for the future plays a vital role and the efficiency of control systems adds to getting it right.


The sun’s energy is absorbed everyday and just dissipates into the ground, and subject to the landmass is also reflected back into the atmosphere. There is so much energy from the sun and this has degrees of fluctuation. Everything on Earth absorbs the sun’s energy, changes it into heat and the heat radiates back into the atmosphere. The cycle is basically heating by day and cooling at night. Another cycle is automatically taking place in the jungle; water is purified by its evaporation and condensation cycle. Precipitation (rain) goes into overdrive in jungles, but where landmass has been cleared the cycle and conditions change dramatically.


The sun is the driving force for our climate. When the Sun is directly overhead, its rays strike Earth perpendicular to the ground and so deliver the maximum amount of energy. When the Sun is lower in the sky, a sunbeam strikes the ground at an angle and its energy is spread over a much larger area with a diluting effect on its energy. Therefore regions near the poles are much cooler than equatorial regions. Therefore areas at the equator and either side are tropical to sub-tropical.


We have many natural cycles at work. The 24-hour rotational cycle of the earth, the orbital cycle of the earth around the sun, which is spring-summer-autumn-winter, and finally the earth tilting on its axis. Within our atmosphere we have exchanges of hot and cold air masses, which are directly affected by the intensity of the sun, the filtering of its energy through the atmosphere and the spin effect of earth. There are many hidden cycles taking place, hot and cold air currents, hot and cold sea currents, and the cycle of the earth surface as they fold over, fold under or just collide and both rise up to form huge structures.


Even fires are a natural occurrence from volcanic activity or from lightning. Many forests and jungles benefit from such occurrences. If one looks at the forest floor after a bush fire you will see so much energy coming out of the ashes. Some plants have huge hard pods of seed that turn dark brown or black and explode during moments of heat to shed their seed to earth. The earth is truly a fascinating hive of activity; it is a huge washing machine that is self-cleansing, apart from when man unlocks its natural bonded crust of mineral etc such as uranium. When unlocked it becomes lethal and its waste remains with us for eternity.


When the US started unlocking uranium, building nuclear powers stations and weapons, its waste became a major problem. The US found a convenient way of getting rid of some of this waste (depleted uranium) by using it in weapons as a strong penetrator, shaped charged liner or simply as a counter balance. Now it’s being used in all theatres of war and becoming a lethal aerosol to drift on the wind around our globe with fatal consequences. One cannot play with nature in such a way.


Getting back to so called “Global Warming” (which I totally disagree with) we can look at the sun’s own ability to alter our atmosphere dramatically and how this affects each of the systems that recycle planet earth. Sunspots and solar flares are a common occurrence and the sun emits slightly more energy than during periods of low activity. During the Maunder Minimum, a period of diminished solar activity between 1645 and 1715, sunspots were rare on the face of the sun, sometimes disappearing entirely for months to years. At the same time, Earth experienced a bitter cold period known as the "Little Ice Age.”


Now we are starting to see how and why natural cycles or occurrences cannot be predicted or mapped by computer modelling. Scientists who believe totally in a computer model as a means of determine events can sometimes have tragic consequences. The entire process of the movement of the Earth’s atmosphere, the distribution of its energy and the resultant global weather, and oceanic circulations is beyond man himself.


Sunlight energy also sustains plant and animal life. About half the Sun’s energy is absorbed or reflected back into space as it passes through our atmosphere. Plants on land and phytoplankton in the ocean use photosynthesis for power. About 90% of the absorbed energy is used to stay alive; 10% gets stored as biomass. All other life on earth depends on this biomass. So what happens when loggers move in the world’s rain forests or when a “G20” oil or mining company moves into the area? Can they cause major changes to our climate or weather conditions? In a very big way.


About 30% of the sun’s energy is deflected by the outer atmosphere and returned to space, the remainder reaches the earth’s surface and depending if the surface has vegetation or not holds the key to some of today’s issues. The amount absorbed and reflected is critical in local conditions and weather patterns. That reflected energy is called infrared radiation and is slow moving. This upwards flow can become involved with water vapour (such as that from the jungle), Carbon Dioxide (exhaust/pollution from man - industry, vehicles, forest back burning etc and natural events) and Methane from humans, cattle and rotting rubbish tips etc. As we can see, a very complex state of affairs!


Deforestation also contributes to global warming. Trees use carbon dioxide and give off oxygen and are basically the balancing mechanism for our planet. As more forests are logged for timber or cut to make way for farming, there are fewer trees to perform this critical function. The “Axis of Evil” are Governments, Oil and Gas Companies, Trans National Companies, Bio Fuel Developers, Loggers and the huge contribution created by the military, especially such events as the wars in the Balkans, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Gaza and now Pakistan etc.


We come back to the truths behind “Global Warming”. A vast majority of mainstream scientists and the general public agree that global warming is a serious problem that is growing steadily worse. Many other scientists and people like myself believe the contrary.


Let’s look at deforestation for oil, gas, mining or just simply logging. What is the difference between a vegetated landscape and a moonscape created by these ruthless developers? The answer is simple… when earth vegetation is left in its natural state, the exchanges of the many cycles takes place uninterrupted - hot and cold air masses, moist and dry convection currents, sea current both warm and cold, storms and cyclones etc. Other actions are taking place, some of which can be catastrophic, such as above and below land and sea. Volcanic activity and finally the movement of the earth’s plates all add to progressive changes over thousands of years.


When deforestation takes place nature becomes totally unbalanced. Areas that were once dense jungles full of energy, moisture, oxygen and life become totally void of all plants and life with extremely hot and arid conditions. The oil and mining companies change the landscape totally into huge opencast pits or areas of toxic contamination. The temperatures can reach between 42-47 C with hot arid dusty winds. The region is normally void of clouds, although sometimes if moist air blows in over such areas, especially if there are small hills or mountain ranges, huge storm clouds can develop over the peaks. Generally speaking it is an extremely hostile environment.


Another major role is played by volcanic activity in both the atmosphere and under the sea that also influences our climate. The movement of plates and these enormous pressure release powerful eruptions as well as geysers, hot bubbling lakes and hot vents, both on the surface of the earth and below our oceans.


It is interesting to note that there are other issues besides rising sea levels, such as rising landmasses. I was very fortunate in my life to see an underwater volcano erupt and form an island. I have seen fossilised ancient trees in a desert environment that proves that our climate can change over time from jungle to desert and back to jungle. I have seen ancient middens (collections of seashells from ancient settlements) halfway up a hill, indicating that either the sea level had dropped once before during a natural global climate change, or that the land itself had risen.


Peter Eyre, a former British Naval officer, worked at NATO headquarters, and spent a lot of time in the Middle East and South East Asia as a petroleum consultant; he lives in the UK and writes regularly for the Palestine Telegraph 

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