How does radiated heat cause global warming?



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    Heat from the Earth’s surface is naturally lost to radiation, because the atmosphere is opaque.  With the greenhouse effect, the atmosphere is concentrated with gasses that trap and produce infrared radiation.  Lack of moisture higher up in the atmosphere account for losses in thermal radiation.  Greenhouse gasses present in the mid-troposphere region are absorbent to long wavelength heat in the infrared spectrum, essentially serving to catch heat radiated from below.

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