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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 8.26 Gases other than carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere by human activity contribute approximately 40% to the greenhouse effect. The figures in parentheses indicate the average number of years that the different gases that contribute to temperature change remain in the atmosphere.

Which gas has the longest residence time?

To determine

The gas that has longest residence time.

Explanation

Residence time is the time that molecules of a certain gas remain in the atmosphere. Among the different greenhouse gases, the gas that has longest residence time is Carbon dioxide. It is not the only greenhouse gas. As a greenhouse gas, methane is 20 times more effective than carbon dioxide. However, since it has only less concentration on atmosphere it is considered as less important...

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