Danish painter P.S. Krøyer’s The Iron Foundry, Burmeister and Wain (1855). Svante Arrhenius was the first to show that the carbon dioxide produced by the Industrial Revolution’s factories and machines would increase global temperatures. Image: National Gallery of Denmark.
Today’s climate-change skeptics would have us believe that the whole notion of global warming is a relatively recent, half-baked idea dreamed up by a cabal of liberal scientists bent on destroying the U.S. economy. However, the roots of scientific thinking about Earth’s temperature are buried in the 19th century.
– Rudy M. Baum Sr., Retired Editor in Chief, Chemical & Engineering News, 2016.
Climate change is real, regardless of the ongoing western debates about its realities. The science is very clear on climate change since NASA first started studying Planet Earth in the 1960s. Living in low lying atolls and islands of the Pacific, it is evident with rising sea levels and its impact on human habitation and village life.
This month in April, the Nobel Peace organisation dug into their archives to introduce Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius (1859- 1927). Svante Arrhenius is regarded as one of the founders of modern physical chemistry.
Svante Arrhenius was awarded a Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1903, although it was not for his work on what we now refer to as climate change.
The UK Guardian‘s science editor Ian Semple refers to Arrhenius as “arguably the father of climate change science”:
History records that his doctoral thesis was “received coolly by the university authorities and nearly ruined his prospects for an academic career. At the time, his theory seemed incredible to many because, among other reasons, a solution of sodium chloride shows none of the characteristics of either sodium or chlorine. In addition, the professors he had shunned in his studies were not well disposed toward him.” But he had the foresight to send copies of his thesis to several international chemists, and a few were impressed with his work, including the young chemists Wilhelm Ostwald and Jacobus Henricus van’t Hoff”
April 1896 Scientific Paper
Source: Nobel Prize, Sweden & Science History Institute, USA