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11.2 Vocab

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Climate Change
Refers to changes in the long term weather patterns in certain areas.
Global warming
The increase in global average temperature
Enhanced Greenhouse effect
The increased capacity of the atmosphere to absorb the emit thermal energy
Global Warming Potential
The ability of a substance to warm the atmosphere by absorbing and emitting thermal energy
General circulation models
computer models geared to study the climate.
Carbon Dioxide
gas that is a reactant of photosynthesis and a waste product of cellular respiration
Methane
a colorless odorless gas used as a fuel
Nitrous Oxide
inhalation anesthetic used as an anesthetic in dentistry and surgery
Ozone
a colorless gas (O3) soluble in alkalis and cold water
Chlorofluorocarbon
a fluorocarbon with chlorine