Well, move over ladies and gentlemen, there is a new explanation.
Physicist Michio Kaku has offered a simple, elegant answer to the very vexing, central question in all of climate science: “what is the so-called greenhouse effect?”.
Michio Kaku expounded his explanation on the CBS Early News recently (1min 25 sec into the video):
So global warming is caused when sunlight hits the Earth, and turns into infrared, red radiation, heat radiation shown here, and it’s sort of like a roach motel, light checks in but the heat does not necessarily escape.
Here we were cracking our skulls open, what with all the talk about ‘skin temperatures‘, and ‘earth fevers‘, when a simple analogy clears everything up in one sweep. All that mushrooming of decrepit roach motels and roach motel parking lots in the second half of the previous century must be warming up the earth!
So it is settled then. Carbon-dioxide causes global warming by the roach motel effect, because CO2 it is a roach motel gas.
Pfsseh! Enough with all the greenhouse- and gardening-related nonsense, let us start talking about things everyone can understand.
(H/t Ryan Maue)