What is an example of a greenhouse gas?
Water vapor – Water vapor is the most abundant greenhouse gas and also acts as feedback on our weather conditions. For example, as water vapor increases, the atmosphere warms. Additionally, the possibility of rainfalls and clouds go up as well. Therefore temperature and rainfall are the most important data to track greenhouse gas and global warming.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) – Human activities release the vast majority of carbon dioxide emissions. Some examples are activities such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation process, and other changes in land use. Also, carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere through natural processes such as volcano eruptions, respiration processes, and forest fires. Why is carbon dioxide a greenhouse gas? It holds heat that would otherwise be lost into space.
Methane – Methane is much less abundant. Hydrocarbon gas can come from many sources. Both nature and human activities create it. Methane emissions result from the decomposition of waste landfills. Additionally, agriculture and livestock make methane. One final example is the production of coal and natural gas.
Nitrous oxide – Nitrous oxide is a powerful gas produced during agricultural and industrial activities. Examples include soil refinement, the process of burning fossil fuels and the creation of biomass.
Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) – CFC greenhouse gas are particularly harmful when released into the atmosphere. It has an entirely industrial origin and was once widely used in production. It’s now strictly regulated as it can damage the earth’s ozone layer. The most common emitter of CFCs are refrigerators and air conditioners.