Climate Change

Global Warming

Who first formed the theory about the greenhouse effect?

Irish physicist, mathematician, and chemist John Tyndall (1820–1893), who succeeded Michael Faraday (1791–1867) as the superintendent of Britain’s Royal Institution, began conducting research in radiant heat in 1859. He soon concluded that water vapor was vital for holding in warmth in the Earth’s atmosphere, and that other gases, such as carbon dioxide and ozone, also played a role. He proceeded to play with a number of calculations, changing the amounts of these gases in his formulas to discover what the results would be. Tyndall concluded that increasing a gas like carbon dioxide would have significant effects on the climate that we now call global warming.


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