Introduction to The Greenhouse Effect

Usec a reading that introduces the greenhouse effect, explains what greenhouse gases are and describes their role in causing global warming. It includes in-section questions, discussion points and suggested activities for extending students’ understanding of the topic. This document is available to download in English, French, German, and Spanish.

Topic introduction and discussion

  • Use the section, ‘A. Understanding global warming’, pages 7-9 of the document, ‘IPCC Special Report “Global Warming of 1.5 0 C”- Summary for Teachers’ by the Office for Climate Education (OCE), France, to introduce your students to the topic of greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect of the atmosphere.
  • Read about how the industrial revolution has resulted in an increase in the concentration of some GHGs in the atmosphere.
  • Use the in-section questions and tasks to understand the global warming potential of various GHGs.
  • Further, use the document to explore how an increase in the atmospheric concentrations of such gases has potentially caused global warming of the planet.
  • This document is available in English, French, German, and Spanish and is downlodable.

The docuement is published by the Office for Climate Education, France.