When the subject is global warming, our mood is usually "uh-oh." Which makes sense, because a warmer Earth will lead to all kinds of disruptions and expensive adjustments that we could do without.
But there is another way to think about all of this.
What we have done here is a chemistry lesson, one that begins with the elemental cause of global warming: the behavior of the carbon atom.
And since carbon atoms are rather small, we have turned our atom into a cartoon. Just so you can see it better.
This is the introductory segment of a five-part series that explains how carbon atoms form bonds, break apart and create the conditions that can lead to global warming. Since most of us are beginners when it comes to elemental chemistry, this is a lesson in five, easy-to-grasp steps. And grasping, by the way, is a big part of our story.