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09 July 2010

9 July Updated Version: Do IR-absorbing Gases Warm or Cool the Earth's Surface?

Preface:  This is still another updated and improved version of my earlier posts on this issue.  In this version, IR-absorbing gases heated by IR radiation emitted from a warm Earth surface or by IR reflected from the Earth's surface, cool only partially by re-emitting IR radiation, which Alan Siddons was good enough to note was a needed correction to my earlier versions.  Strangely, I had discussed that this was the case, but I had not accounted for it in the calculation!  The net result of the calculation now appears to be a surface cooling effect averaged over the daytime cooling effect and the nighttime warming effect.

This version has been removed since a much improved version is to be published in a book called Slaying the Sky Dragon, Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory.

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