How Do Greenhouse Gases Actually Work?

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Want to learn more about the topic in this week’s video? Here are some key words/phrases to get your googling started:
- Radiation balance - incoming radiant energy from the sun minus outgoing energy heading into space.
- Infrared radiation - electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to us; comes in longer wavelengths than visible light and provides energy transfer we call heat.
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References:

Virtual Chembook, Elmhurst College, Charles E. Ophardt
http://elmhcx9.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/globalwarmA5.html

Climate and Earth’s Energy Budget, NASA Earth Observatory
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/EnergyBalance/page6.php

Infrared spectroscopy/Caltech (mirrored from UCLA chemistry)
http://www.wag.caltech.edu/home/jang/genchem/infrared.htm
http://elmhcx9.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/globalwarmA5.html
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