Any gas that has the ability to absorb and emit radiant energy within the thermal infrared range can be referred to as a Greenhouse Gas.
In simpler terms, a greenhouse gas can be referred to as a gas present in the earth’s atmosphere that traps the heat that the sunlight brings.
Greenhouse gases are abbreviated as GHG.
Some of the major greenhouse gases are:
|Greenhouse Gas||Chemical Formula||Global Warming Potential||Atmospheric Lifetime (years)|
|Chlorofluorocarbon - 12||CCl2F2||10,900||100|