What are the Greenhouse Gases? - INFOGRAPHIC

Environmental Impacts

Greenhouse Gases both Absorb and Emit Radiation. They are a group of compounds which 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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The Prime Suspects

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 Absorption by Plants

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:
  • Hydrofluorocarbons
  • Nitrogen Trifluoride
  • Perfluorocarbons
  • Sulfur Hexafluoride
Emitted by:
  • Various Industrial Processes

Effect on Climate

The Effect Each Gas Has on Global Climate Change Depends On:
  • The amount of gas in the atmosphere - its concentration or abundance
  • The amount of time the gas remains in the atmosphere
  • The strength of the gas's impact on the atmosphere

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Sources

https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/overview-greenhouse-gases http://beacon.berkeley.edu/GHGs.aspx https://whatsyourimpact.org/greenhouse-gases

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