Greenhouse Effects and Planetary Environments

(Professor Steve Schneider)

Without the "greenhouse effect" the Earth would be too cold for us to survive--like Mars' icy environment. On the other hand, if the greenhouse effect runs out of control, the Earth's environment could become as hellish as that on Venus. Understanding other planets in the solar system can help us better appreciate how the Earth's global environment is influenced by changes we make to the atmosphere. We will  perform experiments to better understand the production of carbon dioxide in our immediate environment, design experiments to test hypotheses of greenhouse heating, and critically examine the historical evidence for the causes of global warming. We will also learn about observing the planets, look at other differences with our neighboring planets using the vast resources on the web, and even speculate about the possibilities for life elsewhere in the solar system or in other solar systems.

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