Climate Change and Peak Oil by Kar Y. Lee

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That’s why our action’s direct effect on atmospheric water vapor concentration is negligible. You can have every steam engine blowing steam into the air, and the result is still not much different because despite our power, we still cannot compete with the ocean. Since water vapor concentration in the atmosphere is always changing, it does not self-regulate. Its amount in the atmosphere is regulated by something else, and it is this something else that is important. If we cause this something else in the atmosphere to cause the atmosphere to “naturally” hold more water as a secondary effect, then our action will no longer be negligible.

5 miles or 100km to be precise) to qualify as having entered outer space. However, on Venus, 250 miles above the ground is still pretty much inside its atmosphere. There is enough Venus “air” to lift an airplane at that altitude. Its thick carbon dioxide atmosphere turns Venus into a pressure cooker, reaching almost 500oC on its surface, all by its famous greenhouse effect. In fact, the atmosphere is so opaque (because of clouds made of sulphuric acid) that no visible light from the surface can be seen in space.

In fact, the atmosphere is so opaque (because of clouds made of sulphuric acid) that no visible light from the surface can be seen in space. Despite the thick clouds, which should have a cooling effect because this is what clouds do on Earth, the greenhouse gases still manage to pressure cook the planet. Because Venus is so similar to Earth, people sometimes like to compare Earth and Venus side by side, and compare the effect of their respective atmospheres on their own environment. However, let’s also bring in another brother of the earth, Mars.

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