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|greenhouse effect||noun||general technical||common, especially in modern conversation
regarding pollution and the environment
|the warming of a planet's surface and lower atmosphere by a process of solar radiation being trapped by atmospheric gases. This is a general scientific term used in regards to planetary bodies, however environmentally conscious individuals discussing the current temperature rise on the planet earth also commonly use it.|
|1) Some people fear that pollution will cause the greenhouse effect to raise the planet's temperature and
cause the extinction of life on earth. |
2) The temperature on the surface of the planet Venus is hot enough to melt some metals, due to the greenhouse effect.