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Atmospheric carbon dioxide does not contribute to warming

Ulrich Wolff
June 2019

In its report “Global warming of 1,5 °C” (issued October 8TH 2018) the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continues to state:

“Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0 °C of global

warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C. Global
warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at
the current rate.”

This statement is based on the increasing content of atmospheric carbon dioxide

following human use of fossil fuels. Such temperature increase, as quoted above, is
being assumed to follow the increasing CO2 emission of thermal radiation. A so
called “radiative forcing” is being postulated, supposedly increasing the total
energetic feedback on to matter at the earth`s surface correspondingly.

Any interaction of CO2 with the dominating contribution of the atmospheric water
cycle - while its water and ice particles are floating until gravity terminates their flight -
is being ignored. This oversimplification alone makes the IPCC statement invalid:

Above ocean surfaces water at temperatures between -2 °C and +30 °C (and relative
air humidity between 60 - 100 %) increases the air humidity between 3 g/m3 - 30
g/m3. The process of cooling during vertical and horizontal air movement reduces the
humidity through condensation and freezing down to 1 g/m3 when air temperatures
fall to -30°C, reaching the tropopause at temperatures below -50°C the air humidity is
down to about 0,05 g/m3.

In contrast thereto condensation and/or freezing of 1 g/m3 humidity adds 1000 tons of
aerosols into each km3 of air. Within this volume of 1 km3 particles, having a radius of
0,01 mm only, present a total surface of 30.000 km2, those of 1 mm radius still 30

This explains, why water and ice aerosols are collecting all incoming energy fluxes in
form of thermal radiation, evaporation heat, heat conduction and convection, convert
all absorbed energy to heat and emit thermal radiation into the space angle of 360

Energy which is radiated back by CO2 reduces the input into these aerosols as well
as also their emission correspondingly.

Conclusion: Regardless of the popular majority opinion, CO2 happens to be

weather and climate neutral.

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