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    First climate-change warning came in 1896

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    As early as in 1896, a scientist was warning against the potential negative effects of CO2 emissions, the Nobel Committee mentioned on Twitter on Monday. Svante Arrhenius was the first person to quantify the responsibility of CO2 in the greenhouse effect, in an article published in the Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science.

    He even speculated on the fact that variations in CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere could have an influence on possible climate changes in the long term.

    In his article, Svante Arrhenius (1859-1927) did not elaborate much on the fact that burning fossil fuels had an effect on global warming, but he was already aware in 1896 that such fuels could cause significant CO2 emission levels.

    The Swedish biologist and chemist had obtained the Noble Prize for Chemistry in 1903 for his work on the dissuasive electoral theory.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times