"You heard it here first. According to Natural News, a NASA report has verified that carbon dioxide actually cools the atmosphere.
Practically everything you have been told by the mainstream scientific community and the media about the alleged detriments of greenhouse gases, and particularly carbon dioxide, appears to be false, according to new data compiled by NASA's Langley Research Center. As it turns out, all those atmospheric greenhouse gases that Al Gore and all the other global warming hoaxers have long claimed are overheating and destroying our planet are actually cooling it, based on the latest evidence."
[Ed. note] I'm going to post this, because why not argue science that has been settled? Also, we needed to test the algorithm that generated mod points by sparking conversation. This was as good a way as any to get posts quickly. Sorry if you thought SoylentNews really endorsed this. ~Mattie_p
"As reported by Principia Scientific International (PSI), Martin Mlynczak and his colleagues over at NASA tracked infrared emissions from the earth's upper atmosphere during and following a recent solar storm that took place between March 8-10. What they found was that the vast majority of energy released from the sun during this immense coronal mass ejection (CME) was reflected back up into space rather than deposited into earth's lower atmosphere."
Should be a cinch to find in such a respectable journal.
and here i was thinking all along that RTFA stood for "ream that fucking asshole"
(the link in the natural news article doesn't actually go there, but a copy and paste works)
The article is from 2012, and draws no overarching conclusions on global warming itself, but the quotes in the natural news article seem accurate...
Having read the NASA article, it's pretty clear.
A big solar storm sent a massive amount of infrared radiation our way. The CO2 and NO2 in the thermosphere blocked, absorbed, then re-radiated most of that infrared energy back into space. This is entirely as expected, based on CO2's well-known absorption spectra, and does not change any conclusions about global warming.
In a nutshell: Greenhouse gases like CO2 block infrared frequencies specifically, but pass most other frequencies through. The majority of normal solar energy is in the visible spectrum [wikipedia.org], which passes unimpeded through our atmosphere and is partially absorbed by the surface. Much of this absorbed energy is re-radiated on infrared frequencies through black-body radiation [wikipedia.org]. Because atmospheric CO2 blocks and reflects infrared, this infrared energy that would have been radiated out into space, is instead returned to the surface, warming the planet further.
In the case of this solar storm, much of the incoming energy was in the infrared spectrum and was blocked by our CO2 "blanket", which works in both directions.