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Synonyms: NOx, Lachgas

One of the six types of greenhouse gases to be curbed under the Kyoto Protocol. The main anthropogenic source of nitrous oxide is agriculture (soil and animal manure management), but important contributions also come from sewage treatment, combustion of fossil fuel, and chemical industrial processes. Nitrous oxide is also produced naturally from a wide variety of biological sources in soil and water, particularly microbial action in wet tropical forests. (IPCC)

Related terms:
tropospheric ozone, aldehydes, peroxyacyl nitrates, volatile organic compounds

Broader terms:
greenhouse gas emissions, photochemical smog

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