The French mathematician Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier discovered that the Earth’s temperature was slowly increasing in 1824. This was considered to be the first theory of global warming, which suggested that the earth’s atmosphere traps solar radiation and reflects it back toward the earth. This was called the “greenhouse effect” because this was the logic behind greenhouses to help plants grow and was titled such in the late 19th century. Nobel Laureate Svante Arrhenius came up with this name to explain how carbon dioxide traps heat in the Earth’s atmosphere.
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