greenhouse gas

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greenhouse gas (countable and uncountable, plural greenhouse gases)

  1. Any gas, such as carbon dioxide or CFCs, that contributes to the greenhouse effect when released into the atmosphere.
    Hyponyms: water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, CFC, HCFC, HFC
    • 2019, George Monbiot, “Cars are killing us. Within 10 years, we must phase them out”, in The Guardian[1]:
      In other sectors, greenhouse gas emissions have fallen sharply. But transport emissions in the UK have declined by only 2% since 1990.
    Only two greenhouse gases get much attention.
    Termites and cows account for much greenhouse gas.

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