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Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, N2O is along with CO2, methane CH4 and hydrofluorides one of the 4 main categories of greenhouse gases; in USA amounts to effectively 5-6% human activity released greenhouse gases, mainly coming from the release from soils treated by agricultural means. It’s half-decay rate in atmosphere is about 120 years and it is nearly 300 times more efficient greehouse gas than carbon dyoxide, per unit weight (what along with indirect effects translates into its large global warming potential).

Journal Chemosphere - Global change science published in 2000 a special issue on Atmospheric Nitrous Oxide (Vol. 2, Issues 3–4, pp. 233-500 (1 July 2000)) containing 27 articles including

  • Sheo S. Prasada, Edward C. Zipf, Atmospheric production of nitrous oxide from excited ozone and its significance, Chemosphere - Global Change Science 2:3–4 (2000) 235–245 (doi)
  • U. Skiba, K.A Smith, The control of nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural and natural soils, Chemosphere - Global Change Science 2:3–4 (2000) 379–386 (doi)
  • Arvin Mosier, Carolien Kroeze, Potential impact on the global atmospheric N2O budget of the increased nitrogen input required to meet future global food demands, pp.465-473 (doi)
  • A.F Bouwman, J.A Taylor, C Kroeze, Testing hypotheses on global emissions of nitrous oxide using atmospheric models, pp. 475-492 (doi)
  • Cynthia Nevison, Review of the IPCC methodology for estimating nitrous oxide emissions associated with agricultural leaching and runoff, pp. 493-500 (doi)

category: global warming