In 1896 Svante Arrhenius built a CO2 climate model; 99 years later the IPCC noted that CO2 remained the most important contributor to climate change.   1896: Svante Arrhenius builds a climate model showing the influence of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). 1899: Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin wrote about how changes in climate could result from changes in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide in An Attempt to Frame a Working Hypothesis of the Cause of Glacial Peri...
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