Greenhouse

Gases

The greenhouse effect analogy

stuck and some 40 years later,

Irish scientist John Tyndall would

start to explore exactly what

kinds of gases were most likely to

play a role in absorbing sunlight.

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John Tyndall

Irish physicist

The greenhouse effect analogy

stuck and some 40 years later,

Irish scientist John Tyndall would

start to explore exactly what

kinds of gases were most likely to

play a role in absorbing sunlight.

CO2

CO2

Tyndall’s laboratory tests

in the 1860s showed that coal

gas (containing CO2, methane

and volatile hydrocarbons)

was especially effective at

absorbing energy.

testing
success
Co2 Fact

He eventually demonstrated that CO2 alone acted like a sponge in the way that it could absorb multiple wavelengths of sunlight

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