So let’s face it! As The Washington Post puts it the concept of Stratocumulus clouds are rather boring. They’re not as elegant as cirrus clouds. I mean those horsetail wisps high in the sky. As well as they are not majestic. Especially as cumulonimbus clouds which are big and scary thunderheads. Yet these clouds are important. Because they hover low in the sky and create vast decks of cloud cover.

They also have a supreme value in our warming world. That’s because their white tops reflect lots of solar radiation.  Then they shoot them back into space.

But Earth’s broad portfolio of clouds in the year 2019 could potentially be altered. Most interestingly and by extreme climate change. Those cloud decks could also vanish. Thereby further intensifying global warming.

That’s most interestingly from a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. For it’s based on a computer model that provides a new warning. One that climate change could deliver surprises on top of the already existing and clearly predictable consequences.

As National Geographic states: BY TRAPPING HEAT from the sun. Most noteworthy, greenhouse gases have kept Earth’s climate habitable for humans and millions of other species. But more over those gases are now out of balance. Most noteworthy and threaten to change the planet. I mean drastically which won’t allow living things can survive on certain places on the planet. So the question comes where will it be live able?

Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide are the most dangerous and prevalent greenhouse gases. Worst off, they are at the highest levels also ever recorded. Greenhouse gas levels are so high. That’s primarily because humans have released them into the air. All as a result by burning fossil fuels.

So the gases absorb solar energy. Then they also keep heat close to Earth’s surface. Mind you again; that’s rather than letting it escape into space. So therefore that trapping of heat is known as the greenhouse effect.

Then the EPA clearly shows that we are heading into uncharted territory unless we help ourselves. Greenhouse gas emissions get trapped in clouds. Generated from oil coal and natural gas companies. Pie chart that shows different types of gases. 82% from carbon dioxide fossil fuel use, deforestation, decay of biomass, etc., 10% from methane, 6% from nitrous oxide and 3% from fluorinated gases.

Source: USEPA
Because it shows clearly that we are heading toward those levels of catastrophe. Total Emissions in 2017 = 6,457 Million Metric Tons of CO2 equivalent.

More importantly, percentages may not add up to 100% due to independent rounding.

So gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are also called greenhouse gases. Finally and for more over on the other climate forcers. That’s such as black carbon. So for more information please visit here. I mean the Climate Change Indicators: Climate Forcing page.

1. Carbon dioxide (CO2): So the carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil). In addition to solid waste, trees and other biological materials. Finally and also as a result of certain chemical reactions. One example is the manufacturing of cement. In addition, then the carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere (or “sequestered”). Especially when it is absorbed by plants as part of the biological carbon cycle.

2. Methane (CH4): Methane is also emitted during the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and oil. Then Methane emissions also result from livestock. As well as other agricultural practices. Especially by the decay of organic waste. More over in municipal solid waste landfills.

3. Nitrous oxide (N2O): Nitrous oxide is also emitted during agricultural and industrial activities. Such as the combustion of fossil fuels and solid waste. That’s as well as during treatment of wastewater.

4. Fluorinated gases: Therefore hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride are synthetic. These are very powerful greenhouse gases. Most interestingly that are also emitted from a variety of industrial processes.

Furthermore, fluorinated gases are sometimes used as substitutes for stratospheric ozone-depleting substances. Some examples are  chlorofluorocarbons, hydrochlorofluorocarbons, and halons.

Finally, these gases are typically emitted in smaller quantities. However they are potent greenhouse gases. Therefore they are sometimes referred to as High Global Warming Potential gases. (“High GWP gases”).

Sources: National Geographic and EPA

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