Pollution Effects on Global Climate — An Introduction

  • S. Fred Singer

Abstract

Neglecting human heat production, the Earth’s climate can be modified by three different methods:
  1. (i)

    a change in the albedo of the Earth’s surface;

     
  2. (ii)

    a change in the albedo of the atmosphere;

     
  3. (iii)

    a change in the atmospheric content of gases having strong radiative properties.

     

The most important mechanisms are briefly described here. Other articles in this volume give a more detailed treatment.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht-Holland 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Fred Singer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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