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Re: [Phys-l] Greenhouse

A brief review of the authors work seems to show that they consider the atmosphere to be composed of ideal gasses which have no internal degrees of freedom. No energy transitions that could absorb a photon of one energy and release multiple lower energy photons. Perhaps I am not doing their analysis justice??

At 2:16 PM -0400 10/14/10, Robert Cohen wrote:
If I find that a particular mechanism seems in conflict with the 2nd
law, I can conclude (among other things):

(A) the mechanism is faulty and the 2nd law is valid
(B) the 2nd law is faulty and the mechanism is valid
(C) my understanding of the mechanism and/or 2nd law is faulty

These authors are not alone in their choice of option A. What made
these authors choose that option, I wonder? I didn't get to read the
article. Do they say?

Robert A. Cohen, Department of Physics, East Stroudsburg University