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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


a colorless odorless gas used as a fuel

Nitrous Oxide

inhalation anesthetic used as an anesthetic in dentistry and surgery


a colorless gas (O3) soluble in alkalis and cold water


a fluorocarbon with chlorine

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