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Chemistry and Climate Change

Reading Module

A reading titled ‘Role of Chemistry in Earth’s Climate’ by A. R. Ravishankara, Yinon Rudich, and John A. Pyle in the American Chemical Society. This article is part of the ‘Chemistry in Climate’ special issue and provides an overview of the links between chemistry and climate change. This short article describes how concepts in chemistry can be used to understand the Earth’s climate including the correlation between the release of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, aerosols, and global warming.

Students will be introduced to how the study of chemistry can contribute towards our understanding of the Earth’s climate and climate change due to anthropogenic causes. They will also learn about greenhouse gases, carbon chemistry, various pollutants and how they impact Earth’s climate.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the role of chemistry in understanding climate change?
  2. How have anthropogenic emissions impacted Earth’s climate change?
About Tool
Tool Name Role of Chemistry in Earth’s Climate
Discipline Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geography
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change Overview, Environmental Chemistry, Carbon Chemistry, Atmosphere, The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change, Climate Literacy
Type of tool Teaching Module
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by A. R. Ravishankara, Yinon Rudich, and John A. Pyle
Hosted at ACS Publications (American Chemical Society)
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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