The Daylight Is Killing Me - Putting Gaia Theory To Work - Applaud high oil
I am finding the extended day from living on the 60th parallel getting to be very challenging. I was working on something and I just checked the time, 11:06 and I'm tired, but it feels like 9 PM. My body isn't winding down from the daylight until 1-2 hours after it is dark, which is about midnight these day. I am getting so over tired.
The weather here still amazes me. As little as 10 days ago we had about -2 C over night (28 F), and we've had days as high as 21 C (70F). I have blinds on most of my windows, but I have these glass blocks over this jucuzzi tub in my ensuite bathroom. (seriously, my living space here is wonderful, except for the frozen pipes).
Well, a co-worker today suggested that I put foil over the glass blocks. It will reduce the light that's keeping me away big time, and it will reflect the heat. Infrared radiation is light waves and a reflective surface does reflect the head away. So, that will be a project this weekend.
And this brings me to Lovelock's Gaia Theory. Lovelock says that we aren't feeling the full effects of the green house gases as pollutants in the upper atmosphere work like that foil that I'm about to install on my glass blocks and they reflect some of the sunlight back.
This scares me as it has a lot of credibility from what I know of science. The part about the protective pollutants escaping our atomosphere is particularly of concern. Gas follow the Idea Gas Law, PV=nRT. To me it means that as the planet warms, the upper atmosphere is pushed a little further and that increases the likelihood of molecules reaching excape velocity, which will reduce the reflection of radiant heat energy.
Lovelock expects that we will reach a critical point where the earth heats up 5-8 decgrees C over a matter of a couple decades compared to the 1 degree C over about a century.
I applaud high oil and think that Bush's pushing for ethanol for cars ought to amount to a high treason against the Earth.