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In 2010, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reported that only 57% of Americans can explain what the greenhouse effect is.
  the partial trapping of solar radiation as in a greenhouse or in the earth’s atmosphere
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Strongly Associated with:   greenhouse gas
For the Earth’s temperature to maintain a steady state, heat from the sun’s radiation that hits the earth must be radiated back into space.

Some molecules in the atmosphere more readily let sunlight pass through to the earth than they let heat radiate back into space because they reflect long wavelengths (infra red) more often than short wavelengths (visible light).

Most scientists are concerned that humans are increasing the greenhouse effect by dumping more of these molecules (like carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere. The temperature of the earth’s surface is thought to have increased over 1F during the 20th century (per The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

Much research is being conducted into the many complexities of global climate change. Scientists want to better understand the greenhouse effect in our atmosphere and other mechanisms responsible for the earth’s cooling and heating prior to mankind’s influence. For instance, for about forty years ending in the 1970s the earth was cooling despite increases in greenhouse gases and many scientists were concerned about global cooling.

Meanwhile, most wealthy nations and many concerned individuals are taking steps to reduce the growth of greenhouse gases. It is a difficult challenge since an increase in greenhouse gases has historically accompanied an increased standard of living and countries like China and India have billions of people raising their standard of living.
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  • In 2010, the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reported that only 57% of Americans can explain what the greenhouse effect is.
  • If not, people would have the birds of sadness nesting in their hair all the time, because of nuclear war and the greenhouse effect and bombs and stabbings and lunatics.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • ’The greenhouse effect’, they called it.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • The byproduct of the lifestyle is polluted rivers, greenhouse effect, spouse abuse, televangelists, and serial killers.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash

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  • Procter & Gamble’s Decision Earth program taught that clear-cut logging was actually good for the environment; teaching aids distributed by the Exxon Education Foundation said that fossil fuels created few environmental problems and that alternative sources of energy were too expensive; a study guide sponsored by the American Coal Foundation dismissed fears of a greenhouse effect, claiming that "the earth could benefit rather than be harmed from increased carbon dioxide."
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • But these days you never can tell, because there’s so much trouble with the climate and the greenhouse effect and all that."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The greenhouse effect.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • SPCA, greenhouse effect, garbage disposals, what next?
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • ’The greenhouse effect,’ she answered, without even thinking about it.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • The morning sun streamed into the car, creating the greenhouse effect, dry and remorseless.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
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Associated words [difficulty]:   greenhouse effect [8] , greenhouse gas [8] , ozone layer [7] , greenhouse gas [8] , greenbelt [9] , red tide [9]
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