What are greenhouse gases?

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    Greenhouse gases are gases that trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere and contribute to the warming of the planet. The most common greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and fluorinated gases.

    These gases are produced naturally by processes such as respiration and volcanic activity, but human activities such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and agriculture have significantly increased their levels in the atmosphere.

    Greenhouse gases act like a blanket, trapping heat from the sun and warming the Earth’s surface. This effect is known as the greenhouse effect. While the greenhouse effect is essential for life on Earth, the increasing levels of greenhouse gases have caused global temperatures to rise, leading to climate change and its associated impacts, such as more frequent and severe weather events, rising sea levels, and changes in ecosystems.

    Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is critical to mitigating the impacts of climate change, and various strategies can be employed, such as using renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and reducing carbon emissions from transportation and industry.

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