What are CO2 Emissions?
Greenhouse gas emissions (sometimes abbreviated GHG emissions), generically called carbon emissions or CO2 emissions are gases in an atmosphere that absorb and emit radiation within the infrared range. The balance between absorbed and emitted infrared radiation has a critical effect on Earth’s climate and environment.
The GHG emissions process is the fundamental cause of the controversial greenhouse effect, which generates the global warming phenomenon. The primary greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone. Greenhouse gases greatly affect the temperature of the Earth.
The greenhouse effect term is most usually used in our current discussions, to quantify the contribution of these naturally or artificially emitted gases into the atmosphere to the global warming, by modifying the permeability of the atmosphere to solar radiations reflected by Earth surface.
The most important greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol are:
carbon dioxide (CO2)
nitrous oxide (N2O)
sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)
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