the greenhouse effect


: the warming of the Earth's atmosphere that is caused by air pollution

Note: The greenhouse effect occurs when warmth from the sun is trapped in the Earth's atmosphere by a layer of gases (such as carbon dioxide) and water vapor.

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Recent Examples on the Web Forty years ago, we were taught in school about the greenhouse effect, so this has been around for a while. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2023 There was a Swedish scientist called Svante Arrhenius who set out the principles along which the greenhouse effect operates. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2023 Students can learn about the greenhouse effect and its meaning for the planet while standing in a greenhouse and experiencing it hands-on. Ariana Bennett, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Feb. 2023

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“The greenhouse effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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