Although you may not wish to share a crowded elevator with a flatulent bovine friend, at least express a little gratitude that he/she is helping to protect the planet from dreaded global warming.
A significant but media-ignored 2013 report published in the journal Nature concluded that livestock greenhouse gas “excretions” may tend to cool, not heat up temperatures.
Titled “Molecular understanding of sulphuric acid-amine particle nucleation in the atmosphere," the report concludes that the ammonia-laden content contributes in creating cloud cover which reflects daytime solar infrared energy back to space.
Although the clouds also hold heat near the surface at night, the net overall effect likely lowers temperatures.
And just who asserts this radical idea?
Well, not just any ordinary somebodies. The results were published by researchers at the “Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets” (or CLOUD) laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. CLOUD is a scientific entity which is part of CERN, the prestigious 21-national-member European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN uses the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the fundamental particles of matter.
The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light, providing insights into basic laws of nature revealed by how they interact.
CERN’s CLOUD project investigates how and why clouds are formed, together with their effects on climate. Their Nature report concludes that “amines” closely related to ammonia combine with sulphuric acid the atmosphere to form highly stable aerosol particles which, in turn, create smaller but more numerous cloud droplets.
Those droplets make clouds brighter and longer-lasting.
Amines are produced by human activities, particularly animal husbandry, and also from natural sources including decomposition of organic matter which contains proteins.
An example of the latter is trimethylamine which we experience as the unpleasant odor of rotten fish. Only a few amine molecules per trillion air molecules are needed for rapid aerosol particle production.
According to estimates, about half of all cloud droplets are formed on aerosol particles that are “nucleated” from such atmospheric vapors rather than from land and ocean sources.
They may even stabilize embryonic sulphuric acid clusters against evaporation, allowing new aerosol particles to form.
While the chemical mechanisms for particle nucleation remain poorly understood, the study concludes: “Atmospheric aerosols derived from human activities are thought to have compensated for a large fraction of the warming caused by greenhouse gases.”
Another unresolved climate issue revolves around influences of cosmic rays from deep space upon cloud formation.
Whereas CERN’s pion beam CLOUD chamber experiments suggest that cosmic ionization has only a small effect upon amine-sulphuric acid particle formation near the top of the atmosphere, they don’t rule out more significant effects in the lower atmosphere which may be far more amine-sensitive.
Cosmic ray influences upon climate linked to periodic solar magnetic fluctuations are accorded great significance by many prominent international scientists.
Reduced periods of sunspot activity are observed to correlate with cooler and very cold periods, with higher incidences producing opposite effects.
A leading theory regarding why this occurs holds that a weaker magnetic heliosphere surrounding our Solar System which is evidenced by low sunspot activity permits more cosmic rays from deep space to enter Earth’s protective magnetosphere and atmosphere.
As with amine-sulphuric acid particle aerosol formation, this increased flux of heavy electrons striking the atmosphere is believed to produce increased cloud cover, in turn reflecting more solar radiation away from Earth and back to space.
While the Sun was exceptionally active during the 20th century, many scientists believe that this condition is now temporarily coming to an end.
If so, as with other extended periods of inactivity as occurred during Cycles 3, 4, and 5 which marked the beginning of a “Dalton Minimum”, the flat global temperatures experienced over the past nearly 19 years will extend and even potentially become significantly cooler.
Dr. Habibiullo Abdussamatov, head of the Russian Academy of Sciences Pulkovo Observatory in St. Petersburg and director of the Russian segment of the International Space Station predicts that we may soon witness the coming of a new “little ice age” with a deep freeze lasting throughout this century.
The last one which peaked about 300 years ago killed millions throughout Europe.
Since none of this has anything to do with much ballyhooed human-caused atmospheric CO2 emissions, you can bet that the U.N. and its feverish IPCC are very cool on this theory and its chilling cold sweat political science implications.
And besides, wasn’t methane from cattle flatulence also supposed to present a planet-frying greenhouse menace?
After all, this was the basis for the Obama EPA’s alarm-premised plan to cut dairy industry methane emissions by 25 percent by 2025.
Fortunately for those cows, a congressional action which specifically cut funding for that ruling offers big relief. It allows them can carry on doing what comes naturally.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is the author of “Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom”(2015) and “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax” (2012). Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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