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Windship 2.3 vocab

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carbon dioxide
gaseous compound/molecule consisting of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms
CFCs
nontoxic, nonflammable compounds that contain carbon, fluorine and chlorine
climate
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
methane
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
ozone
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
UNFCCC
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