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I Misunderstood the Greenhouse Effect. Here’s How It Works.

How the Greenhouse Effect Really Works.

Sabine Hossenfelder

I thought I understood how carbon dioxide emissions cause global warming.  Turned out I got it completely wrong.  I was about to sweep my misunderstanding under the carpet. But then I thought, what if I'm not the only one.  What if we're all just pretending to kind of understanding something we're spending trillions of dollars on.  Maybe I should talk about it after all.

Sabine Hossenfelder is a German theoretical physicist, science communicator, author, musician and YouTuber. She is currently employed as a research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies. She is the author of Lost in Math: How beauty leads physics astray, which explores the concept of elegance in fundamental physics and cosmology, and of Existential Physics: A scientist’s guide to life’s biggest questions.

Her YouTube channel is

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