This is both my personal learning project and my contribution in the struggle to confront the ongoing Republican/ libertarian assault on rational science and constructive learning, as manifested in their malicious strategic Attacks on Science ~ A collection of articles, scientific resources, plus my own essays and indepth critique of various presentations from unidirectional-skeptics ~ Hopefully a resource for the busy, yet discerning, student who's concerned about the health of our Earth
This is a bit more along the lines of classroom work, particularly my first video featuring the high school teacher Mr. Kemp who does a nice job of describing the various layers of our atmosphere using a cool space station photo of our planet's horizon. Then a 9 min video by Professor Richard Alley explaining how we know CO2 is responsible for current global warming. Followed by an 8 min video by PICSClimateInsights reviewing aspects of greenhouse molecules.
Then comes Ricardo Esplugas's visualization of greenhouse molecules in action, followed by Iain Stewart's demonstrating CO2's infrared capturing abilities and finishing up with Dan Miller demonstrating what 280 ppm looks like.
Air Force research on missiles and the story of Ice Ages both reveal the effects of carbon dioxide.
0:00 - What CO2 does was confirmed by Air Force atmospheric research.
0:10 - Studying the physics of the upper atmosphere for communications and heat seeking missiles.
1:00 - "The air force hadn't set out to study global warming, they just wanted their missiles to work. But physics is physics. The atmosphere doesn't care if you are studying it for warring or warming. Adding CO2 turns up the planet's thermostat."
1:20 - Works in the other direction also, remove CO2 and planet cools.
This one starts a bit of loud and harsh, hang in there, it settles down in a few seconds. As for the rest I found it one of the better YouTube efforts to visualize this challenging topic for people with a regular education.
Molecular vibrations and IR emission : the machinery of global warming
Phenomena at the molecular level explain global warming. It is an introduction to molecular vibrations and Infrared spectroscopy. Molecular vibrations are shown for various global warming causing molecules. The concept of normal modes is explained visually.
I use ink to demonstrate how CO2 can have a big impact on warming the earth even though it is a very small percent of the atmosphere. Also see my talk on how to fix climate change for free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k2-SzlDGko