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carbon dioxide

gaseous compound/molecule consisting of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms


nontoxic, nonflammable compounds that contain carbon, fluorine and chlorine


the average weather pattern of a region over a long period of time

greenhouse effect

the warming of air air caused by the sun's radiation (light) passing into the atmosphere and being changed to heat energy which is absorbed (trapped) by gaes in the atmosphere

greenhouse gases

gases which trap heat and have a warming effect on a planet

global warming

an increase in the Earth's average temperature

Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change

a set of rules for reducing greenhouse gases established by UNFCCC delegates from a conferemce in Kyoto, Japan. These rules include a set of binding emissions targets for all greenhouse gaes: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and sythetic substitues for ozone-depleting CFCs


natural gas, a waste product produced during the treatment of sewage

nitrous oxide

a potent greenhouse gas, a pollution in the atmosphere, mostly created by burning fossil fuels


a from of oxygen that contains three stoms instead of the usual two. In the stratophere, it blocks the sun's harmful UV rays, but in the troposphere, it is a harmful pollutant

sulfate aerosols

tiny particles containing sulfate


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international treaty signed by more than 150 nations to (1) develop a greenhouse gas inventory, (2) develop programs to slow climate change, and (3) share technology and cooperate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

water vapor

water in a gaseous state; the most important atmospheric greenhouse gas, contributing to the natural greenhouse effect

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