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greenhouse gas

any of the gases whose absorption of solar radiation is responsible for the greenhouse effect, including carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, and the fluorocarbons.
Origin of greenhouse gas
1980-85 Unabridged
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  • And while you can't link any individual event directly to greenhouse gas emissions, the trend exists.
  • Most people agree that what is needed is a reduction in the global level of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • To top it off, oceanic nitrogen is converted to nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas.
  • Water vapor, a powerful greenhouse gas, returned to the skies.
  • In an energy-constrained world worried about greenhouse gas emissions, desalination doesn't look that attractive.
  • How to best curb greenhouse gas emissions is a hotly debated topic.
  • Paster adds that a cross-country train trip would generate about half the greenhouse gas emissions of driving a car.
  • When permafrost melts, it releases methane, another potent greenhouse gas.
  • Scientists thought that only bacteria that live where there's no oxygen produced methane, a greenhouse gas.
  • The airline industry has argued that it's doing what it can to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
British Dictionary definitions for greenhouse gas

greenhouse gas

any gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect
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greenhouse gas  
Any of the atmospheric gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect by absorbing infrared radiation produced by solar warming of the Earth's surface. They include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (NO2), and water vapor. Although greenhouse gases occur naturally in the atmosphere, the elevated levels especially of carbon dioxide and methane that have been observed in recent decades are directly related, at least in part, to human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and the deforestation of tropical forests.
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