EPA Glossary of Climate Change Terms
The breakdown of molecules into simpler molecules or atoms by microorganisms that can survive in the partial or complete absence of oxygen.
Reduction of the net energy level and change in chemical composition of organic matter caused by microorganisms in an oxygen free environment.
Anaerobic decomposition A process of breakdown of organic molecules to simpler inorganic constituents, that occurs in the absence of oxygen.
The gas produced from the anaerobic decomposition of organic material in a landfill.
Contamination caused by living organisms either microscopic or larger animals, which can cause health effects.
A colorless, nonpoisonous, flammable gas created by anaerobic decomposition of organic compounds. A major component of natural gas used in the home.
Source: Terms of the Environment
Methane: odorless, colorless, flammable and explosive gas produced by municipal solid waste undergoing anaerobic decomposition. Methane is emitted from municipal solid waste landfills.
methane A colorless, nonpoisonous, flammable gas created by anaerobic decomposition of organic compounds.
Colorless, odorless, nonirritating but highly toxic gas produced by incomplete combustion of fuel, incineration of biomass or solid waste, or partially anaerobic decomposition of organic material.
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is a flammable gas, chemically identical to the main constituent of natural gas, and can be used as a fuel for heat and/or electricity generation. Biogas is effectively the same as landfill gas, which is produced by the anaerobic decomposition of ...
See also: Anaerobic, Decomposition, Aerobic, Organic, Organic compound