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Bad Greenhouse
This site is designed to belie the statement that the greenhouse effect is caused when gases in the atmosphere behave as a blanket and trap radiation which is then reradiated to the Earth. Students will learn that the atmosphere does not act like a blanket, trap radiation, reradiate heat, trap heat, or behave like a greenhouse. In addition, the analogy of a closed automobile in the sun to a greenhouse is reasonable but neither has to do with the atmosphere.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This page is prepared by Alistair B. Fraser who retains copyright to the material (unless otherwise acknowledged). However, as the object of the material is educational - to replace bad science with good science - the material can be freely used for non-commercial purposes, with the proviso that any use of Frasers images must be credited with (c) Alistair B. Fraser, and any quotations must bear attribution.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-656
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • B - Physical science:
        • Transfer of energy
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • B - Physical science:
        • Interactions of energy and matter
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Bad Meteorology'
This resource references 'Bad Greenhouse FAQ'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Prof Alistair B. Fraser
Pennsylvania State University, Department of Meteorology