Greenhouse effect: Different components

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    Greenhouse gases make up a tiny fraction of the atmosphere, but have a large effect on the climate. The different greenhouse gases trap varying amounts of outgoing infrared heat energy, depending on their quantity and characteristics. Together with clouds, these gases make up the components of the greenhouse effect.