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Greenhouse gases, illustration

Greenhouse gases, illustration

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RUSSELL KIGHTLEY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY RUSSELL KIGHTLEY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Greenhouse gases, computer illustration. Molecular models of carbon dioxide (left), methane (bottom right) and water (top right). Each molecule is surrounded by van der Waals radii. The build-up of these gases in the Earth's atmosphere traps an increased amount of solar radiation and leads to a gradual warming of the whole planet. The gases are a result of industry, the burning of fossil fuels, modern agricultural methods and deforestation. Global warming is expected to cause massive changes in weather patterns and a rise in sea level, due to polar ice melting, that could flood coastal regions.

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