It may be “thin”, but it’s also “extremely” strong in capturing the radiant energy from the Sun.
As the Sun’s rays strike the surface of earth, they are transformed into heat, which causes earth’s surface, ocean waters and atmosphere near the surface to rise, and continue rising, as the earth’s gravitational force prevents the heat from being released to space. Consequently, temperatures on Earth continue rising.
- Because the earth’s atmosphere is so thin, it means activities occurring on Earth’s surface can easily influence it.
- Case in point: The continuous burning of fossil fuels for – Heating, Electricity, and Transportation; and Military Exercises; and the Paving of the “Green Space” that previously absorbed heat and consumed carbon dioxide with heat absorbing and “green-space” replacing Asphalt and Concrete (Portland Cement), and with other construction materials – has resulted in much greater volumes of carbon dioxide and other ” heat capturing” chemicals to earth’s atmosphere, making the atmosphere’s ability to capture the energy emitted by the Sun that much stronger, and will continue to do so the more we on Earth continue with these practices.
- The quagmire we are all in: either we cease and desist with these practices, or the Two – Headed Monster of Global Warming/Climate Change so many of us have helped to create will keep growing.
Otherwise, nothing else will matter. Because our Earth will become as every other known celestial body in the Universe – devoid of all life – and nobody wants to see that outcome, not now, not ever.