Stockholm: P. A. Norstedt. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OFFPRINT OF A LANDMARK WORK ON GLOBAL WARMING AND THE FIRST ACTUAL EXPLORATION OF THE 'GREENHOUSE EFFECT.'
Building on Joseph Fourier’s earlier work, Arrhenius here presents his discovery of the absorption of radiation by the atmosphere, thus and providing the first quantitative investigation of the greenhouse effect; in so doing, Arrhenius established the existence of global warming. He concluded that fossil fuel combustion may eventually result in enhanced global warming and proposed a relation between atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and temperature.
"Arrhenius furthermore found that the average surface temperature of the earth is about 15 degrees centigrade because of the infrared absorption capacity of water vapor and carbon dioxide (the natural greenhouse effect). "Arrhenius used the infrared observations of the moon by Frank Washington Very and Samuel Pierpont Langley at the Allegheny Observatory in Pittsburgh to calculate the absorption of infrared radiation by atmospheric CO2 and water vapour. Using 'Stefan's law' (better known as the Stefan Boltzmann law) he formulated his greenhouse law. In its original form, Arrhenius' greenhouse law reads as follows: if the quantity of carbonic acid increases in geometric progression, the augmentation of the temperature will increase nearly in arithmetic progression. This simplified expression is still used today: F = ln(C/C0)" (Wikipedia). Item #908
CONDITION & DETAILS: Stockholm: P. A. Norstedt. Original offprint from Bihang till K. Svenska Vet. Akad. Handlingar. 1896. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.5 inches; 213 x 138mm). 102 pages. A flawless copy in fine condition.