The runaway greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres

@article{Goldblatt2012TheRG,
  title={The runaway greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres},
  author={C. Goldblatt and A. J. Watson},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={370},
  pages={4197 - 4216}
}
  • C. Goldblatt, A. J. Watson
  • Published 2012
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
The ultimate climate emergency is a ‘runaway greenhouse’: a hot and water-vapour-rich atmosphere limits the emission of thermal radiation to space, causing runaway warming. Warming ceases only after the surface reaches approximately 1400 K and emits radiation in the near-infrared, where water is not a good greenhouse gas. This would evaporate the entire ocean and exterminate all planetary life. Venus experienced a runaway greenhouse in the past, and we expect that the Earth will in around 2… Expand
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