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B5. Earth and Space: Climate Change

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greenhouse effect
a natural process that retains heat on Earth
infra-red radiation
heat
deforestation
the cutting or clearing of forests
carbon dioxide
a major greenhouse cycle (CO2)
sulfur dioxide
a greenhouse gas produced from burning fossil fuels (SO2)
atmosphere
a layer of air that helps regulate the temperature on Earth
methane
a greenhouse gas that is generated from livestock (CH4)
nitrous oxide
a greenhouse gas that comes from fertilizer put on farm crops (NOx)
emissions
pollution in the form of gas
drought
a period of dry weather where there is no rain
contaminants
pollutants
chlorofluorocarbons
chemicals that destroy the ozone layer (CFCs)
exhaust
pollution from cars and planes
smog
air pollution
ozone
a molecule with three oxygen atoms (O3)
ozone layer
a part of the atmosphere that absorbs harmful UV rays
climate change
the fluctuations and changes of the world's temperature and weather patterns
global warming
the increasing of Earth's temperature
heat wave
abnormally hot weather
forest fires
when a forest undergoes combustion

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