@kingu_platypus_gidora I looked this up on Snopes and it's legit. The first use of the phrase 'greenhouse gasses' dates to 1896.

I was frustrated that we knew about this just from the 1970s and did nothing, but this is just...

@celesteh @kingu_platypus_gidora
The study which Arrhenius published in 1896 was the first quantitative prediction, but the underlying effects had already been known for over half a century. His paper begins by noting that "a great deal has been written" about it. ponce.sdsu.edu/arrhenius_paper

Possibly the first study on the effect we now call anthropogenic climate change was published in 1836, while the industrial revolution was still happening. gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6

@InvaderXan @celesteh @kingu_platypus_gidora

I will print out 2 or 3 copys and take it with me. If I meet some ClimatStupid I give them for studying.. this very old knowledge. And if they can't follow the paper the should go backward rest of life and should shut up...

@celesteh @kingu_platypus_gidora That snippet is apparently lifted from a Popular Mechanics article from a few months prior. The author seems to think some warming would be a good thing. Also a bit of bonus racism.


@mansr @kingu_platypus_gidora

The phrase 'greenhouse gas' always seemed archaic and benign, and I guess this explains that. Good find, but also yikes.

@celesteh @kingu_platypus_gidora I found it via Snopes. It would seem that although the effect was known, nobody realised the severity of it until much later. In fairness, had fossil fuel consumption continued at the rate it had around 1900, there probably wouldn't be much of a problem.

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@kingu_platypus_gidora Yep! that was almost the first piece of news about climate change.

@kingu_platypus_gidora Hmm, so we've known for over a century but have just been making it worse. This makes me wonder whether we still count as an intelligent species.

@kingu_platypus_gidora "The effect may be considerable in a few centuries." :angercrywall:

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