How Do Greenhouse Gases Actually Work?

This animated video explains how the molecular structure of atmospheric gases can absorb and re-radiate infrared energy. The video uses simple models and analogies to aid in student understanding.

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Kurz Gesagt (illustrator)
MinuteEarth

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

The video moves along quickly and includes terminology with which students may not be familiar; educators may want to show it multiple times and/or pause the video to explore topics in more depth.

Have some physical models of molecules on hand to show students if possible.