Energy, Technology and Climate: Running Out of Gas
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January 6, 2017
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To put this looming
crisis in perspective, and to judge its significance, it helps to start from the beginning.
Here is how it all works.
Nuclear reactions inside the Sun heat its surface white hot. From that hot surface, energy
in the form of light, both visible and, to our eyes, invisible, radiates uniformly away in all
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Ninety million miles away, the tiny globe called Earth intercepts a minute
fraction of that solar radiation. About 30% of the radiation that falls on the Earth is
reflected directly back out into space. That's what one sees in a picture of the Earth taken,
say, from the moon. The rest of the radiant energy is absorbed by the Earth...
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