New Research Shows Greenhouse Gases Do Not Absorb Enough Heat to Cause Global Warming

Dr. Peter L Ward, a long time government geophysicist, has spent ten years carefully reexamining the physics of global warming, and discovered that greenhouse gases simply do not absorb enough heat to cause warming. The dirty secret in climate science is that greenhouse gases have never been shown experimentally to warm air as predicted by climate models, says Ward. Ward’s findings are so compelling he is offering a $10k prize to the first scientist to prove him wrong experimentally.

On April 22, Earth Day, many world leaders plan to sign the Paris Accord limiting greenhouse gas emissions. “What if we spend trillions of dollars and do not reduce global warming,” asks Dr. Peter L Ward, “We need to be sure the science is right.”

Dr. Ward observes the following:

Heat results from oscillations of the bonds that hold matter together. These oscillations cause matter, at different temperatures, to radiate thousands of frequencies shown by the shaded areas in the figure. Carbon dioxide, however, only absorbs frequencies shown by the vertical red bars, representing less than 10% of radiated heat. Plus, carbon dioxide molecules make up less than 0.04% of all molecules contained in air. Very few molecules each absorb very little heat.

What you feel as heat results from a broad spectrum of frequencies. An ordinary light bulb, with a filament glowing at 5500 degrees Fahrenheit, emits the broad spectrum shown in yellow, most of which is wasted because your eyes only see the effects of visible radiation. Radiation from a light bulb feels hot and it takes a lot of electricity to heat the filament. A fluorescent bulb or LED, on the other hand, radiates only a narrow range of visible frequencies, feels cool, and consumes much less electricity. Radiation absorbed by carbon dioxide contains little heat and does not feel hot.

Earth’s atmosphere is heated by high-energy solar ultraviolet radiation that causes molecules of certain gases to split apart, converting energy in the bonds directly to heat. Most ultraviolet-B radiation heats the ozone layer, 12 to 19 miles above Earth. When ozone is depleted, more ultraviolet-B reaches Earth, cooling the ozone layer, warming oceans efficiently and warming air by destroying ground-level ozone created primarily from pollution.

Ozone depletion caused by manufactured CFCs (chlorofluorocarbon gases) caused warming from 1970 to 1998. Warming was halted when the UN Montreal Protocol mandated cutbacks in CFC production.

More recent warming began in August 2014 when the 6-month eruption of Bárðarbunga volcano in central Iceland extruded 33 square miles of basaltic lava, the highest rate of lava production since 1783. Such exceptional lava flows have caused ozone depletion and major warming throughout the history of Earth.

“Global warming is happening,” Dr. Ward explains, “but greenhouse gases do not absorb enough energy to be the culprit. Ozone depletion, on the other hand, explains the details of warming clearly, directly, and completely throughout Earth history.”

Today, Ward is urging thousands of climate scientists to go to and consider the evidence. Last November Ward offered a $10k prize to the first scientist who can prove experimentally that greenhouse gases cause more warming than ozone depletion. There have been no takers.

About Dr. Peter L. Ward:

Dr. Ward worked 27 years with the United States Geological Survey as research geophysicist, branch chief, and program manager. He helped develop and manage a major national research program, chaired a committee at the White House, testified before Congress, worked on a committee for Vice President Gore, published more than 50 scientific papers, and won two national awards for explaining science to the general public. He retired in 1998, working intensely for the past decade trying to resolve several enigmatic observations related to climate change.

Ward’s analysis and theory are explained in detail on his website and in his new book “What Really Causes Global Warming? Greenhouse Gases or Ozone Depletion?”