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Google released a doodle in honor of Eunice Newton Foote, who discovered the cause of the climate crisis already 170 years ago

Eunice Newton Foote was the first to discover the alarming effects of carbon oxides in the atmosphere in 1856. Today this phenomenon is known as the greenhouse effect. It can be said that then also began the denial of the climate crisis that continues to this day

A doodle in honor of Eunice Newton Food, the scientist who discovered the greenhouse effect already 170 years ago. Not that it helps the deniers to hinder the taking of emergency actions even today. Photo from Google's interactive video
A doodle in honor of Eunice Newton Food, the scientist who discovered the greenhouse effect already 170 years ago. Not that it helps the deniers to hinder the taking of emergency actions even today. Photo from Google's interactive video

When outside there is a long and extreme heat wave raging that swept Europe and the Middle East, it is important to know that maybe all of this could have been avoided if they had listened to one scientist in the middle of the 19th century.

Eunice Newton Foote (Eunice Newton Foote) was an American scientist, who is best known for her research on the effect of greenhouse gases on the Earth's temperature. In 1856, she performed an experiment in which she compared the effect of different greenhouse gases on temperature, and she found that carbon dioxide caused the strongest warming. Her research was one of the first factors that raised awareness of the issue of climate change, which over time became the climate crisis, among other things, because she and her discoveries were ignored.

Pott was born in 1819 in Massachusetts. She attended a teacher's school and in 1841, she began teaching at a girls' school. In 1842, she married John George Foote, who was an engineer. The couple lived in New York City, where Pott continued to teach and research.

In 1856, she performed the experiment in which she compared the effect of different greenhouse gases on temperature. She used three glass tubes, in each of which she flowed a different gas: carbon dioxide, hydrogen and a normal air molecule. She left the tubes in the sunlight for a few hours, then she checked the temperature in each tube. She found that the tube containing carbon dioxide was the hottest, and the tube containing normal air was the coldest.

Pott's research revealed the first evidence that carbon dioxide is a potent greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gases are gases that can absorb infrared radiation, which is a type of thermal radiation emitted from the Earth. Infrared radiation helps keep the Earth warm, and without greenhouse gases, the Earth's temperature would be much lower.

Pott's research was forgotten for decades. This is because climate science was a relatively new field, and many scientists were unaware of Pott's work. Additionally, Pott was a woman, and at that time women were not seen as scientists in the same way they are today.

Pott's research was rediscovered in 2004 by a group of scientists from the University of California, Berkeley. These scientists found Pott's paper in an old scientific journal, and they were surprised to learn how groundbreaking her research was.

Despite the extensive research of many scientists on the topic of climate change, there are still people who deny its existence. The reasons for this are diverse, chief among them the influence of energy companies that produce fossil fuels, which want to continue generating profits even if it involves increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Another but related reason for the control of the media by the oil tycoons is a lack of understanding of the science behind climate change and ultimately the desire to avoid action, because climate change is a complex and expensive problem to solve.

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