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Earth's Energy Explained

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Published on Jan 30, 2015

Kevin Trenberth, distinguished climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric research, and colleagues developed a diagram of Earth's Energy budget from 2000-2004 that has been widely cited in both scientific and educational circles. This video explains the content within the diagram to enhance basic understanding of both incoming shortwave radiation and outgoing longwave radiation within the Earth system. The resulting energy in the Earth system nets nearly a 1% imbalance. How have greenhouse gases contributed and what is the cause and consequences of this enhanced greenhouse effect? This video will get you started.

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