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July 15, 2017

Warming Causes CO2

Filed under: el nino — sunshinehours1 @ 10:16 AM
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Warming Oceans = More CO2

“Scientists noted that emissions tend to rise more quickly during an El Niño weather pattern. The El Niño phenomenon, which was unusually strong in 2015-16, warms the Pacific Ocean, bringing heavy rains and droughts to different parts of the world. Scientists say the increase in sea surface temperatures that occurs during an El Niño causes less carbon dioxide to be dissolved in the oceans and, as a result, more accumulates in the atmosphere. […]

Stephen A. Montzka, a NOAA research chemist who worked on the index, said the spike between 2015 and 2016 — the largest incremental increase in greenhouse gases since 1988 — was largely caused by El Niño. The jump between 1987 and 1988, which came in at a slightly higher 2.8 percent, was also linked to an El Niño.”



  1. Warmer waters in the ENSO 3.4 region do not “cause” CO2; it prevents more CO2 to be taken up. This is basic chemistry and physics.

    Comment by AZ1971 — July 15, 2017 @ 11:11 AM | Reply

  2. Warmer oceans release more CO2 back into the atmosphere.

    Comment by sunshinehours1 — July 15, 2017 @ 11:22 AM | Reply

  3. Seems to me the researcher is doing his best to report findings without incurring the wrath of the official orthodoxy.
    He notes the reduction in ocean uptake as a result of greater water temperatures.
    That is still within the bounds of the orthodoxy, because the core of the pitch is runaway greenhouse, more CO2 means warmer oceans which means more CO2 and so on.
    The question is why that does not happen and the answer is that there is not enough CO2 in all the coal and fossil fuel resources combined to raise the oceans CO2 content by even 20%, far from any saturation.
    So the study provides a possible climb down path for the AGW establishment if political winds remain adverse.

    Comment by etudiant — July 15, 2017 @ 12:00 PM | Reply

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