The greenhouse effect and climate change © Siemens Stiftung 2017 CC BY-SA 4.0 international

The greenhouse effect and climate change


Information sheet:
The heat radiated by the earth does not reach outer space unimpeded; some of it is absorbed and reflected in the earth's atmosphere. Without this effect, we would be living in a permanent ice age on earth.

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This information clears up the prejudice that the greenhouse effect is basically something negative. Without the natural greenhouse effect, life on earth would not be possible at all. The gradual increase in global warming, however, is the result of an anthropogenically caused greenhouse effect. The differences are explained. In addition, the fundamental physical facts are presented, i.e. the radiation balance and the radiation absorption of molecules.

Information and ideas:
You can have your students look for possible ways of reducing the anthropogenically enhanced greenhouse effect in the short, medium or long term. Political, economic and personal aspects can be discussed separately.
Information sheet
Biology; Chemistry; Geography; Physics
Grade 5 to 6; Grade 7 to 9; Grade 10 to 13
Middle/high school; Vocational training
Climate change; Ecology; Emission (environment); Environment (general); Environmental protection; Greenhouse effect; Pollution of the environment; Renewable energy; Solar energy; Climate change; Ecology (environmental protection); Emission pollution; Environment; Greenhouse effect; Renewable energy; Solar heat
Siemens Stiftung Media Portal
MediaHouse GmbH using media from: Fig.1: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, license: CC 0; Fig. 2: By Global_Carbon_Emission_by_Type_to_Y2004.png: Mak Thorpederivative work: Autopilot (talk) - and Global_Carbon_Emission_by_Type_to_Y2004.pngOriginal Data citation: „Marland, G., T.A. Boden, and R. J. Andres. 2007. Global, Regional, and National CO2 Emissions. In Trends: A Compendium of Data on Global Change. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tenn., U.S.A.“., CC BY-SA 3.0,; Fig. 3: By Leland McInnes at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0; Fig. 4: CC BY-SA 3.0,
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