Lacis, Andrew A. Goddard Institute for Space Studies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, New York, New York.
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- Early studies
- Importance of water vapor
- Relative contributions to greenhouse effect
- Crucial influence of carbon dioxide
- Anthropogenic warming of the climate
- Greenhouse effects on other planets
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The ability of a planetary atmosphere to inhibit heat loss from the planet's surface, thereby enhancing the surface warming that is produced by the absorption of solar radiation. The greenhouse effect acts like a thermal blanket, limiting heat loss by conduction and convection. In recent decades, the term has also become associated with the issues of global warming and climate change induced by human activity. See also: Atmosphere; Solar radiation
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