Int. J. of Environment and Pollution   »   2002 Vol.17, No.3

 

 

Title: The domino effect in climate change

 

Author: Manuel Frondel, Kristina Oertel, Dirk Rubbelke

 

Address: ZEW, Centre for European Economic Research, L7.1, D-68161, Mannheim, Germany. Department of Economics, University of Technology Chemnitz, D-09107 Chemnitz, Germany. Department of Economics, University of Technology Chemnitz, D-09107 Chemnitz, Germany

 

Abstract: This paper provides a concise summary of the natural and the anthropogenic greenhouse effect and the major causes for climate change. This summary may be particularly accessible for readers who are not familiar with natural sciences. Building on these explanations, we develop a simplifying atmospheric model that demonstrates a widely unknown aspect of global warming: the greenhouse effect enhances its own causes and, as a repercussion, induces a further global warming. This effect, referred to as domino effect, is based on the additional production of heat in the atmosphere, happening substantively while heat passes our atmosphere on its way to outer space. On the basis of our considerations, in principle, technological efficiency improvements appear to be an attractive measure for mitigating global warming.

 

Keywords: climate change; entropy; global common; technological efficiency.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJEP.2002.000666

 

Int. J. of Environment and Pollution, 2002 Vol.17, No.3, pp.201-210

 

Available online: 13 Dec 2003

 

 

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