How Do Greenhouse Gases Actually Work?

MinuteEarth provides an energetic and entertaining view of trends in earth’s environment – in just a few minutes! Want to learn more about the topic in this week’s video? Here are some key words/phrases to get your googling started:  - Radiation balance - incoming radiant energy from the sun minus outgoing energy heading into space.  - Infrared radiation - electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to us; comes in longer wavelengths than visible light and provides energy transfer we call heat.  References: Virtual Chembook, Elmhurst College, Charles E. Ophardt http://elmhcx9.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vche... Climate and Earth’s Energy Budget, NASA Earth Observatory http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Feat... Infrared spectroscopy/Caltech (mirrored from UCLA... read more
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How Do Greenhouse Gases Actually Work?