Climate Change Series: Order & Disorder Entropy Flow Mechanisms
Part one of the Climate Change Series presented by Daniel A. Young from Carbon Resources Research. This series was held at Green Mountain Technology and Career Center.
“The folks who base their understanding of climate change on energy balances and greenhouse gases are working with the first law of thermodynamics only, and in so doing they are ignoring second law effects. According to the second law, the energy from the sun will be transported across the surface of the earth by a myriad of diverse processes, all operating in parallel, and all producing disorder to be discharged to the emptiness of the universe. Ordered systems will remain behind as long as the earth can continue to dissipate enough disorder.
To make the system work, we must encourage the dispersion of disorder through our atmosphere and biosphere, and we must preserve the order leftover after the disorder disperses. This is why it is important to eliminate greenhouse gases from our atmosphere, and why ecosystem restoration, soil carbon enhancement, and regenerative agriculture are equally, or even more, important than carbon dioxide concentrations.
It is important to understand how the second law affects climate change and to revise our approach to mitigation accordingly. As we account for these as-of-yet incompletely understood factors in the climate change process we will have to revise our recommended remedial measures.” -Daniel A. Young