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Who Discovered Global Warming?

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The discovery of global warming was largely credited to an American scientist by the name of Wallace Smith Broecker. He was a scientist at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory as well as a Professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. One of his area of research was on chemical oceanography and therefore he explored various possibilities and theories on the relationship between climate change, polar ice and ocean sediments.

Wallace Smith BroeckerWallace S. Broecker was born on November 29th, 1931 in Chicago. He has 6 children and his wife of 53 years passed away in 2007.

About Wallace Smith Broecker

Other areas of research were radiocarbon dating and Pleistocene geochronology. He was a fellow at the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and other prestigious scientific organizations. Due of his contribution to modern science, he received several awards including the National Medal of Science, Crawford Prize in Geoscience and others as well. He published a total of 10 books and wrote more than 450 journal articles.

Are we on the brink of a pronounced global warming?

On August 8th, 1975, he published a paper in the Science magazine. The paper was titled “Are we on the brink of a pronounced global warming?”, where he first used the term “global warming”. Before that, the term was generally described as “inadvertent climate modification” by other scientists. Wallace Broecker believed that the term, “modification”, was incorrect because the concept of modification bears the possibility of change in either direction, meaning it could get warmer or colder.

The Charney Report

The truth is, the climate would only get warmer. Therefore, his concept received significant recognitions. Later in 1979, The National Academy of Sciences published a paper titled “The Charney Report” where it used the term “global warming” for the first time as well. James Hansen, a NASA scientist also used the term “global warming” in his testimony to Congress in 1988, which resulted to a global recognition for the term and concept.

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