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Chemistry and the Environment

Proceedings of a Regional Symposium, Brisbane, 1989

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This book is comprised of the papers presented at a Symposium on Chemistry and the Enviroment held during the Chemistry International Conference in Brisbane, Australia from 1 to 2 September 1989. The Symposium sought to bring together eminent scientists to identify and discuss major environmental issues of consequence to the AsiaPacific region having a direct association with chemistry.

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The Greenhouse Effect: Global and Australian Perspective

The planet Earth has a mean surface temperature of 15C, about 30C above the temperature that would exist if there were no infrared-absorbing gases, greenhouse gases, in the atmosphere. These gases include water vapour, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). The global activities of Man are changing the concentrations of these naturally existing gases and adding additional greenhouse gases which are entirely Man-made.

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