P6_4 Heating of the Earth's Atmosphere and Oceans as a Direct Result of Energy Production

Alexandra Pohl, Joe McGuire, Alexander Toohie


We examine the eect of waste heat generated in the energy production industry and how this increases global temperature. We compare this to the eects of greenhouse gasses, and also to the total radiant intensity of the Sun. We have found that this waste heat generated produces a temperature change that is two orders of magnitude less than that gained from the Sun, andtherefore has been an insignicant increase since the beginning of industrial scale power generation. We forecast that even by the year 2050 the waste heat generated by power production will also be two orders of magnitude lower than the heat trapped as a result of greenhouse gas related global warming, and is also insignicant.

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