Greenhouse Gas

A greenhouse gas traps heat from the sun’s radiation when it is present in the atmosphere. Global climate change is caused by an increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the air, which amplifies the insulating effect of the gases (commonly known as the ‘Greenhouse Effect’). The most abundant greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N20), and fluorinated gases. The main contributor to greenhouse gas release is the burning of fossil fuels for energy.


Learn More

EPA – Overview of Greenhouse Gases

American Chemical Society – Greenhouse Gases

Lehigh Valley Resources

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s Comprehensive Plan of 2014 includes a section that discusses ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Lehigh Valley in its Integration of Climate and Energy Elements into the Lehigh Valley Comprehensive Plan.





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