News Update – A Look At the Nature of Earth Surface Temperature
AICPA News Update is your first monthly publication for AICPA, delivering industry news, facts, case studies, market research, financial information, and other pertinent information vital to the Investment professional industry. This is published in conjunction with AICPA’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition. It gives the professionals in the Investment community important information on topics of current interest. News Updates are designed to help all professionals in the investment field by informing them of significant events that affect their business. They also serve as a forum for sharers to discuss current industry trends and issues.
The news updates contain articles written by AICPA Executive Director, Robert J. Gustafson, and Associate Editor, Daniel J. Norton. These authors have combined their expertise and experience with research and media skills. With an almost perfect combination of technical and market information, the authors provide up-to-date accounts of the most recent advances in carbon sinks, climate change, geo-stationary heat waves, ice melting, political and social climate change, the greenhouse effect on global warming, and environmental issues such as Sustainability, conservation, and energy efficiency. They also provide up-to-date accounts of the new issues affecting the investment climate, such as the recent developments in carbon offsetting. These include the impacts on investors’ portfolios of changes in world markets for energy, transportation, biodegradable chemicals, and metals.
Specific topics in the news include a report by the Stockholm Environment Agency concluding that emissions of carbon dioxide and methane are the cause of the observed increase in the Earth’s average temperature over the last century. The article discusses global warming and its connection to greenhouse gases, and their impact on climate change and regional climate changes. The authors also discuss the role of the atmosphere, sunlight, ice and snow, and carbon dioxide and methane as a global scale problem. They conclude that the concentration of these gases in the atmosphere is likely to continue to rise unchecked due to global warming, and that it is likely to result in potentially catastrophic climate change.
Another important news story is a study by James Bond of the University of Reading who suggests that the earth surface may be capable of storing large amounts of carbon dioxide. The research involved analysing the influence of the melt down of the ice in the Arctic. It is the conclusion of this research that the Earth’s average surface temperature is not stable, contradicting the long-term observations made by scientists using advanced data analysis tools. In the last few years there has been a rapid increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of the planet.
This article mentions two other studies. One study discusses the role of the melt down of the ice in the Arctic as a possible source of climate change, ocean acidification, and glacier retreat. Another study by Oxford University discusses the role of carbon dioxide sinks in stabilizing the earth surface temperature. While these studies do not provide strong evidence for or against greenhouse gas emissions as the main cause of the observed climate change, they both indicate that greenhouse gases may be a factor in stabilizing the earth surface temperature. This article briefly goes over what this means for us.
Global warming is believed to be caused by the increase in atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and the slowing down of the earth’s rotation, which has decreased the cooling effect of the sun over the past century. These natural factors are thought to interact with the greenhouse gas emissions, causing feedback loops which result in atmospheric reactions that release large amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere. If the feedback loops can be found and stopped, then it is possible to have a slowing down of global warming as well as a stabilisation of earth’s atmospheric boundaries.