Greenhouse Effect

Introduction

The greenhouse effect is a process that occurs when gases in Earth’s atmosphere trap in the Sun’s heat, keeping it warm enough to support life. Our planet has a naturally occurring greenhouse effect that is critical to supporting life.

The primary cause of global warming are human activities that give off gases that add to the natural greenhouse effect. These activities include the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, as well as both plant and animal agriculture.

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What is the greenhouse effect? – NASA Climate Kids

The greenhouse effect is a process that occurs when gases in Earth’s atmosphere trap the Sun’s heat. This process makes Earth much warmer than it would be without an atmosphere. The greenhouse effect is one of the things that makes Earth a comfortable place to live.

EPA – Overview of Greenhouse Gases

Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are called greenhouse gases. This section provides information on emissions and removals of the main greenhouse gases to and from the atmosphere.

NC Climate Office – Greenhouse Effect

The “greenhouse effect” is the effect of atmospheric gases like carbon dioxide absorbing energy from the sun and earth and “trapping” it near the Earth’s surface, warming the Earth to a temperature range that is hospitable for life. The greenhouse effect describes a critical function of our atmosphere.