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Is it climate change or global warming? James Fleming, the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, was quoted in a March 3 Angle News article that dissects how the two terms came to be. Fleming talked of Svante Arrhenius, “the first scientist to calculate the impact that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had on temperature,” he told Angle News. “The purpose of Arrhenius’ 1896 paper was to understand the cause of the Ice Age, but later, he linked coal production to greater concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” Fleming said. “Arrhenius would call this phenomenon ‘drivbänk;’ the Swedish translates to ‘hotbed’ or ‘hothouse.’ His colleague, meteorologist Nils Ekholm, used the term ‘greenhouse.”

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