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More greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, particularly carbon dioxide, will disrupt the balance of the greenhouse effect and cause greater amounts of heat to be trapped on the Earth's surface. Ultimately, this increases surface temperatures. Excess carbon dioxide emissions is strongly linked to human activities, primarily through the burning of of fossil fuels. Also, air pollutants can become trapped on the Earth's surface, which can cause respiratory infections and exacerbate asthma.
Greenhouse gases include water vapor, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide, all of which play an important role in regulating Earth's temperature. These gases help create the greenhouse effect, a process in which greenhouse gases absorb infra-red radiation from the sun and contain the heat in the atmosphere.
Greenhouse gases come from many sources:
  • Agriculture
  • Deforestation
  • Refineries and power plants
  • Motor vehicle emissions
Everybody shares the burden and negative health effects of greenhouse gas emission.
There are many ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
  • Improve fuel efficiency
  • Reduce emissions from refineries and power plants
  • Maintain energy-effecient homes
  • Bike, walk, or use public transportation instead of driving
  • Reduce deforestation

See the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's recommendations to reduce greenhouse gases.


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The Utah EPHT Network collects greenhouse gas data from the Greenhouse Gas Inventories from the Utah Geological Survey.

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