Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Greenhouse Gases and Sustainable Development

  • Michael AprillEmail author
  • Joy Kcenia O’NeilEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_282



Anthropogenic greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels, methane from livestock and landfill decay, nitrous oxide from agricultural fertilizers, and fluorinated gases. These compounds absorb radiation within our atmosphere, thereby trapping heat and insulating our atmosphere resulting in an increased greenhouse effect leading to increase temperature of the planet. This increase in temperature of the planet is consequently attributing to climate change resulting in rising sea levels, altering temperature of waters, and sporadic and severe weather patterns and events. These forces are contributing to the wicked problems that are interconnected to climate change such as biodiversity loss, human loss, and socioeconomic disparities of livelihoods. Sustainable development in higher education can educate the next generation to learn about how to build a sustainable future through diverse disciplinary solutions from science...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education, College of Professional StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin Stevens PointStevens PointUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA