Volcanoes Confuse Global Warming Scientists

Volcanoes Confuse Global Warming Scientists

At a time when global warming is purported to be a “settled” science, it seems particularly odd that volcanoes are now presumed to be the cause of “the pause.” A recent study, published by climatescience.com, seems to indicate that global warming scientists are confused about what Volcanoes pump into the atmosphere. Evidently, the same CO2, water vapors and sulfides known as “greenhouse gases” when they are generated by man, are responsible for cooling the atmosphere, when generated by a volcano.

Consequently, the almost 19 year “pause” in measurable global warming can now safely be attributed to, oddly enough, volcanic activity. According to these poor confused global warming scientists, at any rate. Volcanoes seem to be an unlikely scapegoat, given the kinds of gases they put out, but beggars cannot be choosers. The complete lack of measurable rise in global temperatures, despite the past two decades being record breakers for human use of hydrocarbons for fuel, have sent global warming scientists down some of the most fascinating rabbit trails.

The world’s oceans, for instance, were said to have been “absorbing all of the excess heat.” Charts and graphs and detailed scientific journals were written, specifically in support of that “fact.” However, now that volcanoes are responsible for temperatures not rising whatsoever, are people supposed to completely disbelieve the “oceans” theory? Obviously, both sets of global warming scientists cannot be right at the same time: Either the oceans were absorbing excess heat, or there was no excess heat for them to absorb. How volcanoes can confuse global warming scientists, may itself remain a mystery for decades to come.

Typically, the greatest percentage by volume of gas released by volcanic activity is water vapor (H2O). Which, as has been reported earlier in the Guardian Liberty Voice and elsewhere, is the single most important greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere. Followed of course by carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) by volume. Volcanoes also spit out hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride and helium, respectively.

Volcanoes Confuse Global Warming Scientists

The fact that volcanoes, when they explode, do tend to cool the surface temperatures of the earth, is not in dispute. Volcanic ash acts in much the same way regular clouds do, blocking the light which produces the heat. The fact to bear in mind however – which seems to completely escape the global warming community – is that erupting volcanoes introduce more CO2 [correction: greenhouse gasses] into the atmosphere in a day, than mankind can produce in a decade. Not to mention the copious amounts of water vapor, which is an actual greenhouse gas.

The climatescience.com article goes on to mention how volcanic gases negatively impact people with asthma or other respiratory problems, as well as the ozone layer. The mere fact that the ozone layer is brought up, indicates that the climate scientists are confused about that issue, as well. The “ozone layer” is a misnomer attached to a zone where an effect can be observed. Ozone itself has little or nothing to do with blocking harmful UV rays from the sun. Ozone is merely a byproduct which occurs when oxygen blocks UV rays.

Ultraviolet (UV) rays traveling from the sun vibrate at an extremely high frequency. It is that very vibration rate which makes them dangerous. Oxygen (O2) has a lighter specific gravity than all the other gases in the atmosphere, causing it to want to rise above the nitrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2). At certain altitudes, incoming UV rays will be absorbed by the O2 molecules, slowing their vibration and busting the two ions apart. Those free ions will immediately bond with other O2 molecules creating O3, or “ozone” as it is more commonly referred to. The oxygen is what is protecting the earth from those harmful UV rays, the ozone is simply a byproduct of that process.

The much ballyhooed “holes” in the ozone, only happen over the poles during their respective winters. When no sunlight is striking the atmosphere above the poles, no ozone is being created. The holes are normal, natural, cyclical and completely predictable. The “ozone layer” has never been in any danger, nor has it ever had any impact on global warming.

Volcanoes Confuse Global Warming Scientists
No sunlight striking the winter poles, no ozone being created.

Volcanoes impact temperatures, as they have throughout the whole history of the planet. Nothing mankind can do will ever impact global warming, or global cooling, the way volcanoes do. Mankind using “fossil fuels” and other cheap, readily available, virtually infinite hydrocarbon-based energy sources, cannot impact climate to any degree worth mentioning. The mere fact that global warming scientists are confused by volcanoes, brings the entire field of study into question.

Commentary by Ben Gaul


reportingclimatescience.com     Reuters     Guardian Liberty Voice1

USGS     Guardian Liberty Voice2

26 Responses to "Volcanoes Confuse Global Warming Scientists"

  1. Ray Del Colle   June 1, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    “Ask the majority of climate scientists: Carbon pollution from dirty energy is the main cause of global warming.” http://clmtr.lt/c/HZg0cd0cMJ

  2. David Anfinrud   March 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I do not believe in Global warming. Call me a denier if you wish. I saw and article in the 90’s that talked about the temperature of Mars increased by about 1C due to sun energy reaching Mars. At the same time the Hockey stick was being made to show Man is the cause of Global warming. I also remember a study that showed all the Heating and Cooling in the past was minimized. Time of Moses was 1 – 2C warmer than today. Or the Little Ice Age in the 1700’s were ignored. As describe averaged out of existence. the only thing that existed was CO2 warming the Planet. So the science that is supposed to be unquestionable as very questionable standards used to make their point. The other thing a few million years ago CO2 levels were over 2000 PPM. Man was not on the planet at that time. So the real affects of CO2 may not be understood. Lots of questions from lots of Scientists showing that we have a lot more to understand before we can claim CO2 is the root cause of any global warming.

  3. Melissa   February 25, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    This seems like a very limited view. Lets face it.. You’re not a climatologist and the only person baffled by extensive research seems to be you.

  4. Robert   February 25, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Here’s a correction to one of your half-truths. UV comes in three flavors: c, b, and a in decreasing order of harm. Pure oxygen blocks radiation below around 200nm, using it to create ozone, but has no effect on UV radiation above around 200nm. The upper half of UV-c (deadly UV, between 100 and 280nm) is blocked by ozone alone, but that’s enough to keep it from reaching the surface in most places. UV-b (cell destroying UV, 315-290nm) is only blocked by ozone. UV-a (sun tanning/burning UV, 400-315nm) isn’t blocked much by either of them and mostly comes through unscathed.

    • Ben Gaul   February 25, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      Allow me to give you the full discourse on the subject, Robert. You might also want to explain how ionic bonding differs from O2 to O3 causing one to react differently than the other to UV, because this is the first I’ve ever heard of such a thing.

      From an article I published quite some years ago:

      The radiation from the sun has wavelengths visible to humans from violet (400 nanometers, nm) to red (700 nm), plus invisible infrared (> 700 nm) and ultraviolet (< 400 nm) wavelengths. The energy of the radiation increases as the wavelengths shorten, and the absorption of highly energetic ultraviolet (UV) radiation usually causes the decomposition of simple atmospheric molecules. O2 is slightly lighter than the other elements that make up the air (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and so on), so a certain proportion of the O2 molecules drift upwards to the outer fringes of the Atmosphere into the Troposphere, which is just inside the Stratosphere. A certain amount of that incoming light is absorbed or deflected by various elements: Atoms, molecules and particles of other matter. The bulk of this light from the Sun continues its downward journey toward us, until it encounters the O2 molecules rising up from the surface. All multi-atom compounds are capable of absorbing UV radiation if the wavelength is short enough, and almost all will decompose after absorbing that radiation. At the point where the Sun’s radiation reaches a sufficient concentration of O2 molecules, a reaction takes place. The ultraviolet spectrum strikes the rising O2 molecules and imparts its energy to the element. This has two effects: First, it greatly reduces the amount of ultraviolet light which would otherwise reach the Earth's surface, because the ray of ultraviolet light loses energy and becomes light in the lower, visible spectrums. Second, it splits the O2 into ions, which quickly bond to other O2 molecules to become ozone molecules (O3).

  5. Ben Gaul   February 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Good looking out, people. Thanks for the correction — even if bile dripped from every word. Like most internet reporters, I pulled the image off the Google images page. I can assure you it had no trademarks or other identifying characteristics as downloaded.

    Apologies to the artist, who obviously does great work. Does this new image meet your collective approval?

  6. Scott   February 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Wow, way to rip off artwork… completely undermines everything you have to say and your integrity.

  7. bblais23   February 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

    When are you going to give credit to the artist who’s image you used as a heading for your article? The creator of this work does not ask for much and has a very liberal copyright agreement compared to other artists. Below I have provided the link for the copyright agreement, I suggest you abide by it and put the watermark back in the image.


  8. Jesus   February 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Idiot, don’t steal other people’s work.


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