01 Climate Forcing Factors
What impacts the climate? Almost everything. The Earth's climate is constantly changing due to the following factors.
IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE:
- ☀️Solar output
- 🌎variations in the Earths Orbit (Milankovitch cycles)
- 🌠Meteorological events
- 🍽️Plate Tectonics
- 🌊Ocean Variability
- 🙍♂️Radiative forcing (greenhouse effect is a small part of this)
- 🙍♂️Flora and Fauna
Man (🙍♂️) only contributes a minuscule amount to the weakest two — and CO2 (⚛️) not only has a diminishing feedback effect, but there's great debate over counter-balancing effects of raising CO2, like: carbon sequestration, cloud albedo, and CO2 increases flora and fauna which increases CO2 scrubbing.
Ask yourself, if the earth wasn't a self-balancing system, then why didn't we cook-off in the last 4.5B years back when we had 10x or 20x the CO2 we have today?
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