Understanding Climate Change: What’s In Store

Author Daniel Rirdan breaks down the history and science behind climate dynamics and global warming.

| August 2012

  • The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse
    From climate change to peak oil, “The Blueprint” by Daniel Rirdan examines the issues that are stressing the world and explains a 15-year plan that could save it.
    Cover Courtesy Corinno Press
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions
    We got into the fossil-fuel business and started releasing massive amounts of CO2 into the air. Some of it was picked up by the ocean, some by the land. However, about half of it remained in the air. And we went from an atmospheric concentration of around 283 parts per million (ppm) in 1807 to 391 ppm as of 2011. This CO2 concentration is the highest in the last 800,000 years and potentially for the past few million years.
    Photo By Fotolia/Vitaly Krivosheev

  • The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse
  • Carbon Dioxide Emissions

The Blueprint (Corinno Press, 2012), by Daniel Rirdan, is a call to arms and an argument for his 15-year, worldwide plan that calls for major changes in the way we impact the planet. In his blueprint, Rirdan offers employable designs that lay down new paths for our economy, technology, industry and politics. The following excerpt on understanding climate change is taken from Chapter 1, “Climate Change: What’s In Store.” 

Climate Dynamics

There were times when tropical forests dominated all continents except Antarctica. There were other times when Earth was almost frozen solid from pole to pole. Life has existed in between those two ends of the climatic spectrum.

What has been controlling the climate of the world is a symphony of myriad notes generated by many instruments.

Beyond the annual cycle of seasons, the shortest notes are the minute fluctuations in solar intensity. Minimal sunspot activity is suspected to be one of the instigators in the climate blip that was the Little Ice Age from about 1300 CE to 1800 CE.

Another short-term player is the sulfur haze vented by the occasional volcanic eruption. The haze deflects sunlight back into space.

When Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991, the discharge of aerosols reduced the amount of incoming solar radiation. Consequently, the global mean temperature dipped by 0.6°C for a period of two years.

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