Burning Fossil Fuels
How Does the Earth System Respond to the Burning of Fossil Fuels?
[Image: rise in CO2] Humanity is currently conducting an enormous experiment with the Earth. By the middle of this century we are all set to have doubled the natural carbon dioxide concentration. The results should be interesting, although it is at the very least debatable whether we should conduct experiments on the only habitable planet available to us.
There are several consequences of pumping vast amounts of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. Some of these consequences can be explored with the JModels: global warming, ocean acidification and a [long-term leagcy of elevated CO2].
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- M. Wild et al. (2005) From dimming to brightening: Decadal changes in solar radiation at Earth's surface. Science, 308: 847-850.