Will we roast or starve?
rparson at rintintin.Colorado.EDU
Tue Mar 29 14:51:38 EST 1994
Followup set to sci.environment.
I have replied to Michael Sanchez privately. His assertions have been refuted
over and over again in the scientific literature and elsewhere, and the
subject is clearly off-topic for this group. I do, however, want to address
publicly Mr. Sanchez' unfounded slur against a highly respected chemist:
>v108jwuy at ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu (Michael J Sanchez) writes:
>>The arrow formalism is nice, but Rowland never went through any of the
>>kinetics (i.e. how fast ozone can be destroyed) or thermodynamics (i.e.
>>whether or not ozone actually can be destroyed) for these reactions.
>>(in fact, when I looked for the original article on this in Chem Abstracts,
>>I couldn't find a thing. He may have chosen to publish in a journal which,
>>unlike the Journal of the ACS, does not require peer review of articles.)
Bryant Fujimoto <fujimoto at u.washington.edu> wrote:
> F. S. Rowland, Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, 1991
> Vol. 42, 731-768
>This is a review article. He discusses the subject and references a
>number of other articles.
The original papers, which Mr. Sanchez could not find, although
this didn't stop him from telling us what he thought was in them, are:
M. J. Molina and F. S. Rowland, _Nature_, 28 June 1974, _249_, 810.
F. S. Rowland and M. J. Molina, Rev. Geophys. and Space Phys. _13_, 1, 1975.
Of course a lot has changed since then - Rowland and Molina had at their
disposal a tiny fraction of the data that is now available - and if you want
to see what we know now check the review that Bryant cites, or a modern
textbook like R. P. Wayne's _Chemistry of Atmospheres_ (2nd edition,
Oxford, 1991.) It's nevertheless impressive how much they got right.
>For those who are interested in this subject, there is a FAQ on ozone
>depletion. It is posted once a month to sci.answers and can also be
>obtained by anonymous ftp from rtfm.mit.edu in
>There are four parts (file names: intro, stratcl, antarctic and uv).
>The second discusses questions such as the ones which have been raised
Thanks Bryant. I just posted the latest version last week. You can also
get it from mail-server at rtfm.mit.edu by sending a
a mail message containing:
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