Global warming potential by gas type

This statistic displays the relative global warming potential of various emissions, broken down by contaminant. A single mass of carbon dioxide is used as a baseline. Global warming potential measures how much heat a greenhouse gas is capable of trapping in the atmosphere. In a 20 year period, methane is capable of trapping 86 times the amount of heat that carbon dioxide traps.

Relative global warming potentials of various emissions, by contaminant

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Release date

September 2015

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2013

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