Where CO2 Goes

Where Does CO2 Start and End?

This map ignores some things (like the recently found ‘gut rocks’ from fishes that deposit CO2 on the ocean floor) but does given an interesting view of CO2 flows.

CO2 "Flux" map

CO2 "Flux" map

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Now this makes it look like massive CO2 is coming from the industrial centers, but that seems a bit in conflict with this diagram that shows CO2 quantity coming from industry to be a very small part of the total:

Where Carbon Goes

Where Carbon Goes

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And we must note that the industrial centers in South Africa and Australia are doing nothing much. Hmmm…

But even with that said, the “flux” is interesting.

For one thing, they show massive output from the North East of the USA. Los Angeles not so much… But if it’s coming from people, which people?

Yes, LA is shown as a source, but given that it’s pretty much the car capital of the world with a gazillion passenger miles per day being driven on every square kilometer of the place, that’s a surprisingly low ‘source’ strength. And the Pacific Northwest down to about San Francisco is pretty much a dud too. I can only speculate that the excess in LA has more do do with the Hollywood Celebrity Lifestyle than the commuter cars. The Jet Set and all those public appearances?

Also of interest is the Rocky Mountains toward The Midwest. Here we learn that all those mountain forests count for naught, and all the megatons of corn, wheat, etc. that we ship all over the world are actually a net source, somehow… But the good news is that Texas is a sink. And right around Dallas, too. More oil consumed per mile than just about anywhere outside OPEC. And it’s a carbon sink. Maybe it’s time to move to Dallas…

Curiously, the BOS/WASH corridor is a horrid carbon dioxide source, despite all their trains and “public transit”. I guess politicians are to blame. Maybe we could get them to shut up if we put a “Carbon Cap And Tax” on political hot air?… (Anything is worth a shot…) Hmm… Where we have a political capital, we have a load of CO2. Even Chicago is “a bit high” and they are renowned for “Chicago Politics”…

I do note with satisfaction that the Arboreal forests of Canada and Russia are shown as sinks, as are the tropical forests of Brazil and Central Africa. Though Paraguay and Bolivia are an odd sink. Guess they don’t have very many politicians.

Sadly, The EU (and especially the area around Brussels) is an area outgassing CO2 at a prodigious rate. France and Spain are modest sources. Must be the laid back lifestyle and the consumption of the Mediterranean Diet… especially the wine… Hard to get worked up into a political tizzy when you’re tipsy. Though the red does rise toward Paris and the Strasbourg side… Britain is modestly higher (Parliament anyone?) but Ireland is blissfully innocent. Ah, the joys of the Irish Green (and whiskey…)

In asia, we have Peking and Tokyo as centers of CO2 destructive power. I don’t know much about politics there, but clearly a lot of hot air is being expended between these two, with the Koreas in the middle adding their bit of hot air.

In Conclusion

To me, this map makes it very clear that the consumption of Oil does nothing to promote CO2 sourcing, but the presence of Politicians dominates the source.

There is only one clear solution. We must plug up all the Politicians Post Haste. Superglue them shut, use a cork bung, whatever. If possible, sequester them in a gas tight landfill. Yes, it will be a terrible thing to do to them, but if it saves just one child from the horrible destruction brought by CO2 pollution, it will be “worth it”. The Climate Catastrophe is upon us, and there is no time to wait. We must act now! Do it “For The Planet” and “For the Children”!

About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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10 Responses to Where CO2 Goes

  1. E.M.Smith says:

    I’m surprised nobody has commented on the humor here… perhaps I left it too soft? Need to add some smiley faces?

    Oh well. I suspect folks are reading the first paragraph and not working down to where it slowly goes open loop ;-) Either that, or I just didn’t get it to work…

  2. P.G. Sharrow says:

    You know, some of us have real work to do Monday mornings. ;-) and can’t spend all their time reading your posts.

    This one is mildly amusing. Sorry, must an off day 8-( Yours or mine?

    Actually I look forward to your posts, comments and others comments as an evening pre bed time read. Informative as well as entertainig. pg

  3. pyromancer76 says:

    Sorry, a bit slow. Don’t use smiley faces, but had a real guffaw, read it to family, and couldn’t agree more. I would like underground sequestering, perhaps even with a cork bung.

    Don’t comment much here these days, but spend the same amount of time reading. You give us so much to learn, especially about the markets, but you are no slouch on all climate-temperature matters… among all your other “interests”.

  4. David says:

    looks for the most part like an Al Gore air travel map.

    Late comment, just got back from seven days at Dillion beach, started out hot, ended up cool and wet. For a southern calif native the North calif coast sure has some beauty without all the people.

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    Just try a swim at Santa Cruz and you will understand why it’s so empty…

    Once spent several hours in the 40 F water with no wet suit.

    Numb all over, bright pink-red, chilled to the bone (shivering had stopped…) and ran the heater full-on the entire hour+ drive home THEN took a hot bath and got under the covers…

    It’s a Nordic / Celtic / Germanic ancestry thing ;-)

    Reminds me of the time I rode my motorcycle in the winter rain / frost for hours without a decent coat on… and the time I spent ‘over night’ in the car in a snow drift during a blizzard, then walked into a diner for coffee wearing my wetsuit (as I’d been diving off the coast of Oregon prior and had gone to the ‘blue lips’ stage during the dive…) it and a coat had kept me ‘shivering but alive’ till I could dig out …

    Maybe I’ll move to Florida… I feel a bit of a chill… ;-)

  6. Paul Hanlon says:

    I had a good laugh at your “conclusions”, but I put myself on a self imposed ban after hogging your “Metals are Hot, Bonds are not” post.

    That CO2 flux map is strange in that the other NASA one that you posted shows higher concentrations over oceans, rather than industrial areas. It looks to me as if carboscope are focusing on human emissions rather than total emissions.

    Something that I would definitely like to look into further is how much CO2 are humans actually adding to the atmosphere. Sure, we have the IPCC assertion that it is 8GT Carbon, or 26GT CO2.

    I believe that paper was written by BP when they were doing their major suck-up to the enviros, and my guess is (and it will remain a guess until I can free up enough time to really do an analysis) that there is some double counting and non attribution of sequestration by human activities, going on.

    It surprises me that this central thesis of how bad us humans are supposed to be hasn’t been subjected to a rigorous assessment by someone on the skeptical side.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    There’s not so much commentary here that you need to have a moratorium. While an article may get 500 hits in a day for several days, the comments made are typically just a dozen or so…

    Part of why I made this a humor posting was that the maps I ran into tended to wander all over the place. It was clear to me that the CO2 maps were broken or the CO2 generation / sink was not ‘well mixed’… Then the pattern was just so ‘inconvenient CO2 pattern’ ;-)

  8. P.G. Sharrow says:

    The discussion about the varying CO2 maps brought to mind the biospheres’ effects on CO2 in the atmosphere. The atmosphere tends to stratify rather then mix due to molecular weights, moisture content and temperature activity. This would be especially true with CO2 due to biological activity at the surface contact point. Moisture, temperature and sunlight at the contact point would greatly effect the amount of CO2 into and out of the atmosphere. Industrial /human activities would be an additional point source to the total. The measurement point would be greatly effect by all of these things. Mona Loa may be a good place to measure the CO2 levels at 10,000 feet in mid Pacific but of little value where the air meets the ground or water. The CO2 maps would be effected depending on the measurement levels. pg

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    @P.G.Sharrow: BINGO! You got it! Especially those Amazon percentages where it’s 500 ppm near ground, dropping to 200 ppm at canopy, then rising again to 350 ppm or so at altitude. It’s all about the plants and sunshine.

  10. P.G. Sharrow says:

    and water;-) pg

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