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Nitrous Oxide (N2O): The Dominant Ozone-Depleting Substance Emitted in the 21st Century

Science  02 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5949, pp. 123-125
DOI: 10.1126/science.1176985

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Abstract

By comparing the ozone depletion potential–weighted anthropogenic emissions of N2O with those of other ozone-depleting substances, we show that N2O emission currently is the single most important ozone-depleting emission and is expected to remain the largest throughout the 21st century. N2O is unregulated by the Montreal Protocol. Limiting future N2O emissions would enhance the recovery of the ozone layer from its depleted state and would also reduce the anthropogenic forcing of the climate system, representing a win-win for both ozone and climate.

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