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How Carbon Dioxide Warms Planet Earth

Carbon dioxide acts like a heat-trapping blanket, warming our planet.

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The greenhouse effect keeps Earth warm. Play NOVA's Polar Lab to find out what too much CO2 in our atmosphere may mean for our planet.

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Major funding for Polar Extremes is provided by the National Science Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, the George D. Smith Fund, and the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1713552. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.