what does climate change mean for earths atmosphere?
Will we lose extra gas to space as the planet heats up?.
- busterwasmycatLv 77 months agoFavourite answer
Yes, but the loss of atmosphere to space will only change a tiny amount. If the atmosphere warms, the gas expands, so the atmosphere will grow outward a small amount. The outer reaches are only weakly held in place and the decrease in gravity with distance from earth will allow more loss. The change is tiny except when considered over very long time frames (geological time frames; hundreds of millions of years).
A big part of the picture is that climate change is mostly only a very lower atmosphere phenomenon. the heat change is mostly occurring down low and attenuates (decreases) with distance from surface.
- 7 months ago
Since the climate has been changing for hundreds of millions of years, and we still have an atmosphere, it is clear that the effects on the atmosphere are minimal.
- 7 months ago
We lose tons now... as it heats up, the rate may increase by a small percentage. Another danger may be low Earth orbit satellites; Skylab returned to Earth much earlier than expected due to the sun becoming more active and heating Earth's atmosphere, which increased the air resistance to Skylab's motion in orbit... it fell in July, 1979. I would imagine an increase in atmospheric temperature would act in a similar manner.
- daniel gLv 77 months ago
It gives the global warming fascists something to harp and protest over.
Loose gasses,,not as long as there is gravity and the planet is not heating up.
You can thank our magnetosphere for keeping solar winds from blowing off our atmosphere much like it has done to Mars.
Climate change is like a cycle, we are drifting away from the warming.
Same thing happened back in the 30s except instead of calling it global warming, it is known as the dust bowel. Sort of a natural cycle thing.
The solar cycle is entering a quiet phase, so don't expect to many CMEs to do any harm to the outer atmosphere for at least another 6 years.
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- Doc Awesome!Lv 77 months ago
Not really. Earth's well of gravity is holding the atmosphere, the small additional heat energy predicted by global warming will not expand it passed Earth's magnetosphere (where solar ions can rip air molecules out of "orbit" so-to-speak). Here are some of the actual theorized effects:
- Anonymous7 months ago
Yes we definitely will