what is the green house gas effect?

The gas humans give out! It’s what makes us fart and squeal!



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    The greenhouse gas effect is actually a natural process where some of the radiant heat from the Sun is trapped in the lower atmosphere of the Earth. This process controls the temperature of the Earth’s surface. The gases that help capture the heat, which are called “greenhouse gases,” include water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and a variety of other manufactured chemicals. Although some are emitted naturally, there has been a rise in those emitted by human activities. This rise in gases has also led to rises in temperatures.

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    The greenhouse effect is a process by which radiative energy leaving a planetary surface is absorbed by some atmospheric gases, called greenhouse gases. They transfer heat to other components of the atmosphere, and also re-radiate energy in all directions, including back down towards the surface. The green house effect was discovered by Joseph Fourier in 1824, first reliably experimented on by John Tyndall in 1858, and first reported quantitatively by Svante Arrhenius in 1896. Strengthening of the greenhouse effect through human activities is known as the enhanced greenhouse effect. This increase in radiative forcing from human activity is attributable mainly to increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. 

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    The above image is showing what the Greenhouse Effect is and what it can do to the earth.  In short, the greenhouse effect is when solar energy is radiated onto earth.  Some of the heat is absorbed by earth, while a good amount is reflected back into space.  Some of what is supposed to go back into space gets trapped in earth’s atmosphere by the gas molecules.  This heat starts to warm the earth, which is the start of global warming and climate change.  The buildup of gases in the atmosphere is causing the build-up of heat to get worse and worse.

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