Nitrous oxide, more harmful to the climate than CO2
A comprehensive quantification of global nitrous oxide sources and sinks
A new study published in the journal Nature suggests that nitrous oxide — a gas that is 300 times more harmful to the climate than carbon dioxide — is steadily increasing in the atmosphere. If emissions aren’t curbed, Earth’s temperature could rise by 3°C by 2100.
Nitrous oxide (N2O), like carbon dioxide, is a long-lived greenhouse gas that accumulates in the atmosphere. Over the past 150 years, increasing atmospheric N2O concentrations have contributed to stratospheric ozone depletion1 and climate change.