Carbon itself does not heat our atmosphere, however, it, along with other greenhouse gasses like water vapor, methane, and nitrous oxide trap the sun’s heat in our atmosphere. This is called the greenhouse effect. Solar radiation passes easily through the atmosphere and warms the earth’s surface. Some of the heat tries to escape but can not get through the barrier created by these greenhouse gasses and continues to warm the Earth further. For detailed and simple diagrams of the greenhouse effect, check out the EPA’s site below.
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