“A Swedish professor, Svend Arrhenius, has evolved a new theory of the extinction of the human race.
He holds that the combustion of coal by civilized man is gradually warming the atmosphere so that the course of a few cycles of 10,000 years the earth will be baked in a temperature close to boiling point.
He bases his theory on the accumulation of carbonic acid in the atmosphere, which acts as a glass in concentrating and refracting the heat of the sun.”
XXXI. On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground. By Prof. Svante Arrhenius *.
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