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About the actual radiative impact of greenhouse gas emission over time

There is no doubt that the sooner the mitigation effort happens, the greater will be its impact. In other words, the impact on year 2100 climate of the sequestration of 20 billion tons $\ce{CO2}$-eq ...
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Effective Temperature of a Planet and Surface Temperature due to Greenhouse Effect

I think you’re not far off with your understanding, but maybe I can put in a few comments to make things clearer. I often get confused because most diagrams for the Earth energy budget and net ...
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Why are solar longwave and terrestrial shortwave radiations neglected in radiation balance models?

It is because longwave (LW) correspond to a negligible part of the solar radiation and shortwave corresponds to a negligible part of solar radiation. You can make an experiment yourself using NASA's ...
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Why are solar longwave and terrestrial shortwave radiations neglected in radiation balance models?

It is important to keep in mind the black-body approximated radiation for the Earth and the Sun. Notice how small the long-wave energy radiation is from the sun and how Earth's radiation peaks there. ...
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Is there a simple model for the interaction between greenhouse gases and infrared radiation?

My answer focuses on a "simple and easy to understand and roughly accurate model for understanding greenhouse gases". This is the same model used in a comment to your question. The most ...
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Can a planet be heated by the green house effect to a temperature higher than that created by its incident and net absorbed, peak external radiation?

We'll take an example of Venus as a poster child for runaway greenhouse effect. First of all, let's talk of day/night changes. At the surface level there is little to no change as Venus has an albedo ...
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Can Horizontal Radiation Fluxes Contribute to Net Column Heating?

Yes, there are horizontal radiation fluxes. These can change the heating rate by 10-40 K hr$^{-1}$. They also change depending on the extent of the atmosphere you may be considering. One can also ...
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Effective Temperature of a Planet and Surface Temperature due to Greenhouse Effect

diagrams for the Earth energy budget and net radiation balance show more infrared leaving the surface than is ever supplied by solar radiation at the top of the atmosphere in the first place. Is this ...
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