Questions to the infinite monkey cage on climate change

Here are my questions to the team of the The Infinite Monkey Cage, Series 13  on Climate Change

Where: Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by guests Dara O Briain, Professor Tony Ryan and Dr Gabrielle Walker to discuss the ever-hot topic of climate change. They take a forensic look at the evidence that the climate is indeed changing, how we know that we are responsible, and what can be done to stop it. The scientific willing may be there, but is the political will finally catching up?

My Questions

1)      How can it be oxygen and nitrogen do not absorb or emit infrared radiation when (in the next chapter of my physics book) it is said ‘no substance does not radiate infrared’?

2)      Would a molecule of oxygen in the vacuum of space, in the sun, absorb IR (heat)? If not why not?
3)      Why do we only use thermoelectric thermopile detectors (as John Tyndall used in his 1859 experiment) when if we used also  Raman spectrometers ( the complement to IR/thermoelectric spectrometers) we would see clearly the predicted vibrational modes of oxygen and nitrogen at 1556 and 2330cm-1  respectively (right within the IR range of the EMS)?
4)      Why don’t we use CO2 as a heat trapping gas as it is said to be? We could put it in double glazed windows. If it is good enough for the climate, it is good enough for my house.
5)      If I were to start a crowd funding project  to research the heat trapping potential of CO2 (as an insulant) would you indorse my project? Put your support, or your money where your mouth is?
6)      Why haven’t any animal evolved to use CO2 to trap heat like they do water vapour?   
7)      If CO2 changes climate; why doesn’t it factor in meteorology  - directly? Why don’t pilots measure it? They measure water, and air pressure and temperature – not any greenhouse gases as far as I know.

I will post the answers when I get them.


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