What Is a Greenhouse Gas?

Environmental Impacts

Greenhouse Gases both Absorb and Emit Radiation. They are a group of compounds that trap heat inside the Earth's atmosphere. A fundamental cause of the greenhouse effect, they increase the temperature of the Earth's surface, create global warming, and cause climate change.

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Which Gases Cause the Greenhouse Effect?

1. Carbon Dioxide [CO2]

Emitted by the Burning of:
  • Fossil Fuels - Coal, Oil, Natural Gas
  • Solid Waste
  • Trees
  • Wood Products

    Result of Chemical Reactions, such as:
    • Cement Manufacturing

      Removed from the atmosphere through the ocean and by absorption from plants, bacteria, and other photosynthesizing organisms.

      Methane [CH4]

      Emitted by:
      • Production and Transportation of Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas
      • Agricultural Practices
      • Livestock
      • Organic Waste Decay in Solid Waste Landfills

        Nitrous Oxide [N20]

        Emitted by:
        • Agricultural Practices
        • Industrial Activities
        • Fossil Fuel Combustion
        • Solid Waste Combustion

          Fluorinated Gases

          Examples include:

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