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Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) absorb infrared radiation produced by the sun and trap heat in the atmosphere. There are six types of greenhouse gases: water vapor (H20), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous... Read More

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) absorb infrared radiation produced by the sun and trap heat in the atmosphere. There are six types of greenhouse gases: water vapor (H20), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), ozone (O3), and fluorinated gases. The main sources of human-caused GHG emissions are combustion of fossil fuels, agricultural and industrial practices, and decay of organic waste. While GHG emissions are a global issue, local governments can have a direct impact on the sources within their jurisdiction.

This indicator documents community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Data is supplied by communities and is based on calculations performed in accordance with a community-wide GHG protocol.