Global Warming: A Theory of Accelerating Process of Climate Change

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Abstract: Theory of global warming explaining the phenomena of accelerating change in the number and size of weather-related disturbances. This is a synthesis of three books: Al Gore's an inconvenient truth, Stuart Kauffman's At Home in the Universe, and Dr. James Lovelock's Gaia: A new look at life on Earth, presenting a theory predicting the general parameters of global warming over the coming years.

1. Introduction.

This paper is intended as a starting point for creating a framework within which to discuss and analyze what appears to be a substantial change in worldwide climate. It is essentially a synthesis of three books: (1.) an inconvenient truth, the crisis of global warming, written by Al Gore (2007), (2.) At Home
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2. Kauffman and Gaia Theory: Homeostatic Open Thermodynamic Systems.

Kauffman teaches us that there are two types of open thermodynamic systems: 1.) Those, which immediately progress from some starting point to a thermodynamic death, achieving the highest state of entropy, and 2.) Those, which are able to “process” an influx of energy and/or matter and thereby self-organize, representing “autocatalytic sets of molecules”. Life forms are but one example of such systems, as are communities of different species, and entire eco-systems.

This supports the Gaia Theory that the Earth’s entire biosphere, including the oceans, the atmosphere, and the land masses, is one entire integrated stable steady-state open thermodynamic system, in which homeostasis is maintained despite significant perturbations to the system, disturbances which arise from a variety of sources, including volcanic eruptions, meteor strikes, and man-made pollution.

Kauffman provides further basis for understanding the “why” behind the apparent invisible hand that keeps Earth in an optimum homeostasis to support its inhabitants (see, Universe, page 21: the biosphere is one big dissipative structure whose organization is maintained by the influx of solar energy). Kauffman posits, “[L]ife evolves toward a regime that is

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