New Thermodynamics: Rethinking the Science of Climate Change


  •   Kent W. Mayhew


Statistical analysis shows that climate change is due to human activities. The accepted reason being the greenhouse effect, which is based on the erroneous assumption that homonuclear gases are opaque to thermal energy. The reality is that all polyatomic gases absorb and then radially radiate thermal energy, as proven by their heat capacities. The greenhouse effect, then becomes secondary. Thermal energy generated by human activities is part of Earth’s anthroposphere which is where climate change is measured. Such human-generated thermal energy is absorbed by all our atmosphere’s polyatomic gases, which is then radially radiated by those very gases. Therefore, our whole atmosphere forms Earth’s thermal blanket, and human’s activities becomes the root cause of climate change. Our Sun’s influx starts outside of Earth’s thermal blanket, with much of its visible light reaching Earth’s surface. However, the majority of the Sun’s insolation is at thermal wavelengths, which are readily absorbed by Earth’s atmosphere, and whose energy are then radially radiated by its polyatomic gases.

Keywords: Global Warming, Climate Change, Anthroposphere, Greenhouse Effect


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Mayhew, K. 2020. New Thermodynamics: Rethinking the Science of Climate Change. European Journal of Engineering Research and Science. 5, 5 (May 2020), 559-564. DOI: