Definition of Greenhouse Gases

Even the most uneducated reader should be familiar with greenhouse gases. This is a basic compound that is behind much of the current climate change theory and the understanding of its formation, and contribution to the environment is of extreme importance to dialogue about climate.

That’s why in this article, we will going through all you need to know about greenhouse gases.

How are Greenhouse Gases Formed?

The first important question to answer regards its origin. Greenhouse gases are formed through natural ways such as the ones caused by plants, or they can be created from human activity, usually pollution.

The name greenhouse gas is applied to any gas that helps regulates the temperature on earth, with CO2 being the most famous one. If you’ve heard about CO2 taxes and quotas, you know now what they are used for.


Benefits and Disadvantages

As you might have derived from the above paragraph, greenhouse gases aren’t stricly bad. They help regulate the temperature, by capturing heat and lingering in the atmosphere, these particles are contributing to climate regulation.

The issue arises when the amount of these gases present in the atmosphere becomes unbalanced. This can occur due to nature, of course, but it is highly likely that the major cause for the recent imbalances is derived from human activity.

The figure below shows the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere in the past 160 years:

CO2 global emissions

Source: European environment agency



As the data shows, CO2 emissions have grown exponentially in the last 30 to 40 years. It could be argued that this is due to natural reasons, but that is a very hard argument to make. If we graph together the amount of man-made pollution with the levels of CO2 it would become pretty clear that it is very likely that there is a causal relationship between the two.

So what can we do? Well, changes should start at the personal level. Evaluate how you get around and what you consume and start making positive changes!