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The Carbon Dioxide Greenhouse Effect


A reading titled ‘The Carbon Dioxide Greenhouse Effect’ by Spencer Weart hosted on the website of Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics. This reading is a supplement to the book titled, ‘The Discovery of Global Warming’ by Spencer Weart. It includes discussions on the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere and how it impacts Earth’s temperature. The reading also discusses the pioneering work of Svante Arrhenius, Guy Stewart Callendar, and Charles David (Dave) Keeling.

Students will be introduced to the Greenhouse Effect, Keeling Curve, carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, and how increased carbon dioxide concentrations can cause an increase in the surface temperature of the Earth.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the Greenhouse Effect?
  2. How does increased carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere lead to warming of the planet?
About Tool
Tool Name The Carbon Dioxide Greenhouse Effect 
Discipline Physics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change Overview, The Greenhouse Effect, Greenhouse Gases, Keeling Curve 
Climate Topic Greenhouse Effect, Planetary Energy Balance
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level Middle School, High School 
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Spencer Weart  
Hosted at Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physicsn
Access Online/ Offline
Computer Skills Basic


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