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Fuel for Thought

Fuel for Thought FROM T HE SC IENCE DE BATE POLICY DE VELOPMENTS NUCLEAR DE VELOPMENTS PURE P OLITICS A ND ENTERTAINMENT EPILOGUE FROM THE SCI ENCE DEBATE A basic c limate m odel fo r be ginners 1. The net uptake (incident minus reflected of solar radiation over the tropics ex ceeds long w ave rad iation l oss, wh ereas o ver t he ex tra-tropics th e l ong wav e rad iation lo ss exceeds t he ne t so lar u ptake. T here is t herefore a n ecessary o ngoing t ransport o f energy by t he c limate sy stem (at mosphere an d o ceans fro m the t ropics to t he e xtra- tropics. 2. The eccentricity of the earth’s movement about the sun changes with a period about 100 k y ears. Fo r a bout 5 0 k y ears t he a nnual s olar i rradiance in cident a t t he t op o f t he atmosphere i s in creasing a nd fo r ab out 5 0 k y ears it i s di minishing. 3. Duri ng the period of diminishing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Energy & Environment SAGE

Fuel for Thought

Energy & Environment , Volume 14 (2-3): 18 – May 1, 2003

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SAGE
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© 2003 SAGE Publications
ISSN
0958-305X
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2048-4070
DOI
10.1260/095830503765184673
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Abstract

FROM T HE SC IENCE DE BATE POLICY DE VELOPMENTS NUCLEAR DE VELOPMENTS PURE P OLITICS A ND ENTERTAINMENT EPILOGUE FROM THE SCI ENCE DEBATE A basic c limate m odel fo r be ginners 1. The net uptake (incident minus reflected of solar radiation over the tropics ex ceeds long w ave rad iation l oss, wh ereas o ver t he ex tra-tropics th e l ong wav e rad iation lo ss exceeds t he ne t so lar u ptake. T here is t herefore a n ecessary o ngoing t ransport o f energy by t he c limate sy stem (at mosphere an d o ceans fro m the t ropics to t he e xtra- tropics. 2. The eccentricity of the earth’s movement about the sun changes with a period about 100 k y ears. Fo r a bout 5 0 k y ears t he a nnual s olar i rradiance in cident a t t he t op o f t he atmosphere i s in creasing a nd fo r ab out 5 0 k y ears it i s di minishing. 3. Duri ng the period of diminishing

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Published: May 1, 2003

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