Greenhouse Gas

The general perception of greenhouse gases is that they’re bad, and the main contributing factor of global warming. However, this is not entirely true. Yes, they are a huge factor in global warming, but they are not entirely bad. In fact, human life depends on them. Not all greenhouse gases are emitted from motor vehicles or coal power plants. Many greenhouse gases occur naturally. Among the naturally occurring greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. They occur as a result of several natural environmental factors. For instance, all plants and animals produce carbon dioxide as part of the respiration process. However, humans also create large amounts of greenhouse gases as a result of global industry. Power production, vehicle emissions, and several other processes contribute large amounts of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, including the strictly anthropogenic (man-made) greenhouse gas, CFC-12. Greenhouse gases work by effectively trapping heat within the Earth and preventing it from escaping into space. Without this regulation, temperatures on Earth would drop considerably and become more or less unlivable. However, a surplus of greenhouse gases means that too much heat is trapped within the Earth, causing the global temperature to gradually rise. In a nutshell, that is the relation between greenhouse gases and global warming. For detailed information on greenhouse gases, please see the links below.