First paper to quantify the contribution of carbon,dioxide to thegreenhouse effect
Arrhenius’s paper is the first to quantify the contribution of carbon
dioxide to the greenhouse effect (Sections I-IV) and to speculate about
whether variations in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide
have contributed to long-term variations in climate (Section V).
Throughout this paper, Arrhenius refers to carbon dioxide as “carbonic
acid” in accordance with the convention at the time he was writing.