Disturbing CO2 Trend Continues

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72 Responses to Disturbing CO2 Trend Continues

  1. It is clearly set to really take off — look at all the room for expansion it has, it could blow up at any time (then you’ll see interesting, just you wait). Any day, any second, now, it’s going to take off…really take off…then you’ll be sorry.

  2. Billy Liar says:

    Did Phil Jones use his Excel skills on that graph?

  3. Dr K.A. Rodgers says:

    But what is the pee value?

  4. Andy DC says:

    You are cherry picking!!!

  5. Rosco says:

    You probably could have achieved a similar result by showing up to 10% of atmospheric concentration as the y axis – it still would have flatlined.

  6. physicist says:

    The level of ignorance of the physics of the greenhouse gas effect by the ignorati commenting here is astounding.

    It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but this graph is a severe case of photoshopping, and you’ve been mislead and have been had.

    Suckers, I’ve got some property in the 9th ward.

  7. Rosco says:

    Correction – make the y scale 0 to 1 % of atmosphere – it still flatlines !

  8. Rosco says:

    See – I knew some psycho would object to the extreme numbers on the y axis.

  9. physicist says:

    Whoever is making up these charts is dicking with you, and you ignorati are just too stupid to figure that out.

    And your comments continue to demonstrate that. Keep digging the hole deeper.

      • physicist says:

        I said the chart is dicking with people, because it is totally misleading. But that is the prime purpose of the global warming denier – misleading people. 99.964% of the atmosphere is N2, O2, and Argon, and they have no greenhouse gas effect, because of the electronic structure of those molecules and element. So show a plot with a y-axis scale that shows the variation in CO2, rather than burying it by having a large scale.

        Quit trying to shit people.

    • “I said the chart is dicking with people, because it is totally misleading.”

      I was taught in high school that if you want to represent the nature of a trend without misleading people, you always start your graph on the zero axis, otherwise you are intentionally exaggerating what you are trying to represent. Maybe you missed that class.

  10. sunsettommy says:

    I see that overrated highbrow drooling moonbat Physicist can’t even EXPLAIN to us why he objects to the chart.

    • Let me jump in here, no hockey stick shape…

      • physicist says:

        Wrong (as usual), plotted on an appropriate scale, it would indeed look like a hockey stick. Over the last 150 years or so CO2 concentration is up from 280ppm to 420ppm.

        Go do your homework

      • Physicist wants to focus on relative percentage changes. Standard trick of the Shyster. E.g., “My business is growing at 100 times the rate of Exon Mobile…!” You want to make it sound like your business is more powerful than Exon Mobile. You just conveniently forget to mention that you earned $1 of profit last year and made $105 this year.

        OK, maybe Physicist is really really dumb, but he’s funny.

      • savebyj says:

        Your right Will. My business grew by 250% in 2006. When I went from one employee to two. This year growth is actually more impressive even though we will grow by only around 40% we will actually generate more revenue growth this year than 2006. Good observation about percentages.

    • physicist says:

      I did tell you why I objected, read it again. The y-xis uses such a large scale, that the fact that the CO2 concentration has gone up about 40% from 280 ppm to 400ppm is totally buried.

      And let me assure you that if CO2 was something like 1% of the atmosphere, this fucking place would be so hot none of us would be here.

      Go check out the temps on Venus where the atmosphere is almost all CO2. The temp is above the melting point of lead.

      • suyts says:

        Lol, yes, Venus. Try again Sherlock. Physicist, is it that you believe people here don’t understand about the y-axis? Are you that oblivious that you don’t understand that everyone commenting here knows what the y-axis is doing?

        Here’s a clue. CO2 is a trace gas. As a trace gas, it is incapable of doing anything measurable to the earth’s temps. Given the narrow unique absorption bands, It simply isn’t profuse enough to warm anything up. Additionally, given the open IR bands in the spectrum, trying to warm the planet with CO2 is like trying to warm your house in winter with a laser pen while the window is open. It’s simply vapid to consider it any differently. Get back to us when CO2 hits about 10%. I’ll panic then.

      • I just read “physicist’s” post above after I wrote my comment on how con artists love to talk about percentage changes while leaving out the actual physical quantities being compared. Classic stuff.

      • LLAP says:


        1) “And let me assure you that if CO2 was something like 1% of the atmosphere …”

        Right now it is just below 0.04%. If you burned all the carbon-based fuels on Earth, we wouldn’t get anywhere near 1%.

        2) “Go check out the temps on Venus where the atmosphere is almost all CO2. The temp is above the melting point of lead.”

        Go check out the temps on Mars where the atmosphere is 95% CO2 (range from +35C to -143C). The high surface temperature on Venus is due to is closer proximity to the Sun and, more so due to its thick atmosphere. CO2 has much less to do with it.

      • sunsettommy says:


        No one here disputes the rise from 280 to almost 400.It is that in 99% of the XY scaling it is still minimal and still a trace gas.

        You are the typical trivial nose picker who wants to tease out the last dot while the rest of the sentence does not go anywhere.

  11. physicist says:


    You just do not know what you are talking about. You are flat out wrong. Go study a little and do some homework.

    Right now the planet IS being warmed by the combined greenhouse gas effect of H2O vapor and CO2.

      • physicist says:

        Ahh, the saturated gas argument. Empirical measurements on the ground and from satellites show that the CO2 lines are not saturated.

        To the degree that it is saturated it means that the radiation from the earth is pushed to higher levels in the atmosphere, which are cooler, and therefore radiate less (w = sigma * T4), and causes an energy imbalance,which the earth now has of about 0.6W/m2.

        And if you work that out I think it comes to energy input to the atmosphere of about 400,000 hiro bombs per day.

      • Quote from Willis Eschenbach:

        1 ton of TNT = 4.184e+9 joules (J) source

        Hiroshima bomb = 15 kilotons of TNT = 6.28e+13 joules (ibid)

        Hansen says increase in forcing is “400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs per day”, which comes to 2.51e+19 joules/day.

        A watt is a joule per second, so that works out to a constant additional global forcing of 2.91e+14 watts.

        Normally, we look at forcings in watts per square metre (W/m2). Total forcing (solar plus longwave) averaged around the globe 24/7 is about 500 watts per square metre.

        To convert Hansen’s figures to a per-square-metre value, the global surface area is 5.11e+14 square metres … which means that Hansens dreaded 400,000 Hiroshima bombs per day works out to 0.6 watts per square metre … in other words, Hansen wants us to be very afraid because of a claimed imbalance of six tenths of a watt per square metre in a system where the downwelling radiation is half a kilowatt per square metre … we cannot even measure the radiation to that kind of accuracy.

      • LLAP says:


        Read this:


        It is all about CO2, very recent and peer-reviewed! 😉

      • Has he mentioned the big oil conspiracy yet? This usually gets trotted out around the same time that people start providing him links to peer reviewed scientific papers…

      • LLAP says:

        @Will: “Has he mentioned the big oil conspiracy yet?”

        Not yet. I’m waiting for that and the Koch brothers too (but being Canadian, I don’t really know who they are!).

      • They are the guys who secretly pay your wages, apparently.

    • That’s 15 year of zero temperature change you mean, right?

      Although I do agree that CO2 should warm the atmosphere a little, just not by any amount that is worth worrying about and why its “signal” still can’t be detected above natural variability.

      • physicist says:

        Not exactly sure what you mean by your question?

      • Eric Barnes says:

        Climate morons commonly can’t follow simple reasoning but can make giant leaps of faith in regard to co2 attribution (which they call science) with a straight face. They are truly a breed apart.

    • No one is claiming it isn’t saturated. Only that it’s mostly saturated. All else being equal, we should see about 1.1C of warming assuming no negative or positive feedbacks. Which over 100 years is expected to represent a net benefit to society and the biosphere. The enemy of life is cold.

  12. sunsettommy says:


    have you realized why that measly warm forcing of CO2 ability is not going to turn the world into an oven?

    What would the temperature of the Earth be without CO2 in the Atmosphere?

    Teaser from the link:

    “My approach was to determine the total net energy that is transferred from the surface to the atmosphere. I used Kiehl-Trenberth 1997 and 2008 and others. While slight differences existed the overall result is that there is 120 W/m^2 of energy transferred to the atmosphere by the Earth’s surface. This is 71% of the total energy that is absorbed by the surface from the Sun.”


    and even better,

    The Science of why the Theory of Global Warming is Incorrect!

    Teaser from the link:

    “It can also be used to compare entire years against each other. I will pick 1984 and 2009 to show that the same result applies over the course of a year. 1984 is a good year for that since it had a temperature anomaly very close to 0.0 °C for most measurements. As a result that would also be a year that should have an almost zero anomaly for the amount of energy that the Earth lost to space.”


    CO2 is a nobody when it comes to driving the climate.It NEVER has and yet deluded people like you fall apart over a trace gas with a very slender IR absorption window.Heck the absorption (14.77) line is even OUTSIDE the main IR outflow.

    When are you going to stop embarrassing yourself here?

    • Me says:

      :lol:, I didn’t it was going to take very long!

    • suyts says:

      I think he’ll stop soon. The problem with people like him is that they initially believe skeptics aren’t knowledgeable about the issues. So, they assume a moniker which projects authority and then regurgitates arguments which have been thoroughly refuted by skeptics. Eventually, they whimper a bit and then go away. Which is sad. We all cut our teeth on arguing people current on the issues.

      Today, it’s actually fun to find a person/chew toy to explain how wrong they are/play with. I mean, really, if it weren’t for people like “physicist”, we’d never had learned about this crap. The knowledge gained was great, but, entirely useless in the real world with the exception of preventing lunatics like “physicist” from swaying the population to adopt insipidly stupid laws which work to the detriment of humanity.

  13. physicist says:

    Mostly or whatever, overall effect of the increasing CO2, and it is increasing (despite the best efforts of this site to obscure that fact), it to increase the temps. and the average global temps are already up 0.8C over the last century (despite the best efforts of this site to obscure that fact).

    what is the “all else”?

    no negative or positive feedbacks? there will be feedbacks. what are the negative ones?

    a positive one is the increase in H2O, a greenhouse gas, in the atmosphere because the average temp is up.

    another positive one is the warming of the arctic region and the release of CO2 and methane from the thawing permafrost.

    there is a large body of work out there which delineates that the net benefit will not be positive. one net negative is the fact that 40-50% of human produced CO2 has been absorbed by the oceans, leading to acidification, leading to the destruction of all reefs, which is very bad, same type of badness of destroying rain forests.

  14. suyts says:

    @ physicist…..
    I was hoping you would actually engage in a discussion of the physical properties of CO2, IR, and the spectrum. But, you opted for inanity. So be it.

    H2O isn’t a positive feedback it’s a negative. We, in the rational world, like to call atmospheric H2O…. clouds.

    Clouds are an interesting study. Much has been written about clouds. Clouds do two things relative to the energy coming to the earth. Because of their composition, they block visible energy from reaching the earth, but, because of the nature of H2O, they also block IR from hitting the earth. While most imbeciles only consider the visible energy from the sun, a nearly equal amount of IR is emitted from the sun as well.

    Before you blather again, stop and consider what more atmospheric H2O means in terms of what is coming in and what is going out. Consider the spectrum. Then consider CO2 and its spectrum. If you really want to delve into it, consider the spectrum both molecules re-emit in.

    Dude, you don’t even know the question, much less the answer.

  15. Jimmy Haigh says:

    The graph is perfectly correct. It displays the level of CO2 in the atmosphere, in ppm, over the last 160 years or so on a scale from zero to 1 million parts per million. As graphs go I would put it as one of the best I have ever seen.

  16. RobertvdL says:

    Now put Earth’s population growth in the same graph over the last 160 years.

  17. gator69 says:

    I think Steven may have accidentally graphed physicist’s learning curve!

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