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About the actual radiative impact of greenhouse gas emission over time

Say we will emit a certain amount of greenhouse gas over the next 50 years (e.g. 100 billion tons CO2-eq in total). What would happen if I implement a certain GHG mitigation effort to cut the same ...
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Why are solar longwave and terrestrial shortwave radiations neglected in radiation balance models?

For an assignment I was given the question: Explain why solar radiation is neglected in atmospheric “long wave” calculations and Earth radiation is neglected in atmospheric “short wave” calculations. ...
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Effective Temperature of a Planet and Surface Temperature due to Greenhouse Effect

There is something I don't quite understand about the Greenhouse Effect and Effective Temperature, so please bear with me as I lay out what I do understand and where I begin to stumble. The effective ...
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Why doesn't vapor counts when calculating global radiative forcing?

When NOAA/ESRL calculates global radiative forcing (Table 2) there seems to be no contribution from water vapor. How come?
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In terms of the greenhouse effect, what is the Earth's heat capacity?

(Question moved from physics to earth science) Has the earth’s atmosphere reached an equilibrium at which the input radiation energy roughly equals its output, or is the output significantly lower ...
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An energy balance thru increased convection?

For the moment heat energy is accumulated on earth, mostly in the oceans where about 5.6 billion Terajoule per year is accumulated in 0-700 meters depth. Could continued ocean heating in the future ...