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Introduction

  • Sayan Biswas
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Abstract

Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the four major greenhouse gases (GHG) are CO2, methane, oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and fluorinated gases such as hydrofluorocarbon, perfluorocarbon, sulfur hexafluoride, nitrogen trifluoride, etc. [1]. Figure 1.1 shows US greenhouse gas emissions in the years 1990–2015. Human activities are responsible for almost all the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years [2, 3]. Figure 1.2 shows the greenhouse gas emissions in the USA in 2015. One of the largest contributors toward greenhouse emission is carbon dioxide. Major production of CO2 is from burning fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, and oil. Methane is emitted during the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and oil [4].

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  • Sayan Biswas
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  1. 1.School of Aeronautics and AstronauticsPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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