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Greenhouse Gas Inventory 

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In response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas regulations, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has prepared this Greenhouse Gas Inventory [Word - 450kb] of Florida's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to help guide climate change planning efforts.

This inventory was developed using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) State Inventory Tool (SIT). The GHG emission levels shown in the inventory are gross estimates. While more refined estimates may be obtainable over time, DEP believes this preliminary inventory can be relied upon to identify the major categories of GHG emission sources and the general trend of emissions in those categories since 1990. DEP, with the help of other experts in the field, will continue to improve the inventory and post the updates.

Greenhouse Effect

The greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon that occurs when certain gases in the atmosphere, especially water vapor, carbon dioxide and methane, cause the Earth's surface to heat up more than it otherwise would, thereby maintaining a global average temperature warm enough to support life as we know it.

Global climate change, sometimes referred to as global warming, occurs when the amounts of carbon dioxide and other such gases in the atmosphere increase beyond natural levels, thereby intensifying the greenhouse effect. Increased carbon dioxide levels can result from human activities such as the burning of coal, oil and gas and the clearing of forests without replanting.

The following web sites offer additional information on climate change issues:

Climate Change Resources

Last updated: October 06, 2014

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