Carbon Dioxide and the Climate

Plass, Gilbert N.
January 2010
American Scientist;Jan/Feb2010, Vol. 98 Issue 1, p58
Academic Journal
The article presents a reprint of the article “Carbon Dioxide and the Climate,” by Gilbert N. Plass, which appeared in the July 1956 issue of “American Scientist.” [Regular abstract follows]. The article discusses scientific theories about climate change involving natural factors including solar energy, atmospheric dust, and continental elevation differences, but focusing on atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, the significance of which is said to have been dismissed in the years preceding the article. Also noted are the infrared adsorption properties of carbon dioxide, water vapor, and ozone in the atmosphere said to have a significant effect on climate. The author discusses objections to the carbon dioxide theory, factors involved in the atmospheric carbon dioxide balance, and the theory itself.


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