Definition - What does Greenhouse Effect mean?
Greenhouse Effect is the process by which infrared radiations emitted by the sun are trapped within the earth’s atmosphere, thereby increasing the temperature of the earth's surface. This effect is caused due to increase of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere. The gases form a blanket on the earth that traps all the heat causing radiations such as infrared radiations and does not allow them to escape into the outer space. Greenhouse effect is the primary cause of global warming.
Petropedia explains Greenhouse Effect
There are many chemical compounds found within earth’s atmosphere that act as greenhouse gases. The ozone layer has been affected due to the increase of the earth's temperature and pollution levels. This has made the earth to be prone to harmful radiations.
Carbon dioxide is the primary constituent of greenhouse gases and is caused when anything is burnt. All non-renewable resources such as petroleum products, fossil fuels, coal, etc., when burnt produce large amounts of carbon dioxide as compared to renewable resources. Also when these resources are burnt, other harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, etc., are released. This further adds to the increase in the amount of greenhouse gases and thus, leads to greenhouse effect.