The AGE newspaper today published (H/T ILT) a recent astrophysical discovery of the existence of huge plasma tubes in the atmosphere that interfere with astronomy observations. These tubes are in the ionosphere which is mainly comprised of ionised oxygen and settled science attributes this ionisation due to solar photons dislodging electrons from the neutral atoms forming electric plasma. This plasma intercts with the geomagnetic field forming field-aligned ‘ducts’ of plasma.
What the settled-scientists can’t seem to say is “Birkeland currents”. They also remain clueless over plasma physics, though this toe-tipping exercise is at least a step in the right direction.
Put simply those plasma tubes are electric currents.
Electric currents passing through matter generate infrared radiation among other physical effects.
Electric currents in the atmosphere/ionosphere result in the measured downwelling infrared radiation that is currently attributed to Carbon Dioxide. Err, no, it’s not.
Note to Fred Singer – the downwelling IR is NOT DUE TO CO2.
Note to Skydragon Slayers: Get the physics right.