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The Second Law of Thermodynamics and Heat Release to the Global Environment by Human Activities

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Kau-Fui Vincent Wong

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Paper No. IMECE2010-38201, pp. 469-472; 4 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 5: Energy Systems Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability; NanoEngineering for Energy; Engineering to Address Climate Change, Parts A and B
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4429-8
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


It is the postulate of the current work that all human activities do add heat to the global environment. The basis used is the concept of thermodynamic entropy and the second law of thermodynamics. It has been discussed and shown that human activities do release heat to the global environment. There is no claim and not the objective in the current work to make any statement about climate change or global warming. It is suggested that all significant human-related activities have been included in the discussion, and hence the proof and deduction. The approach used is in accordance with the manner in which the laws of thermodynamics were derived, which is empirical.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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