Nitrous Oxide Definition

by Laurent Cousineau
(Montreal)

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a powerful greenhouse gas.

In accordance with the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007, nitrous oxide has a global warming potential 298 times stronger than carbon dioxide.

Sources of Nitrous Oxide

  • Biomass burning
  • Commercial and organic fertilizers
  • Fossil fuel combustion
  • Nitric acid production
  • Soil cultivation practices

Greenhouse Gases

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