Ms Eunice Newton Foote discovers Carbon Dioxide is mainly responsible for Global Warming

Ms Foote (1819-1888) was an American scientist , an inventor, and a women’s rights campaigner from Seneca Falls, New York.

She was the first scientist known to have experimented on the warming effect of sunlight on different gas constituents of the atmosphere, and went on to show that changing the proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would change its temperature, in her paper, “Circumstances affecting the heat of the sun’s rays”  (posted below) presented at the 8th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in 1856.

Although the first women scientists were inducted as members into the AAAS in 1850 it is not all together clear if women were actually allowed to present papers at AAAS meetings at that time or if the AAAS was required to follow States’ laws wherever it convened which almost universally discriminated against women, as Prof. Joseph Henry of the Smithsonian Institution delivered the paper that identified the research as her work.

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