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Nitrous oxide

Similar term(s): dinitrogen oxide , dinitrogen monoxide.

Definition:

Nitrous oxide is a colourless non-flammable gas with the chemical formula N2O.

This gas is naturally emitted by bacteria. The livestock sector and industry are the main anthropogenic sources of nitrous oxide emissions.

When released into the atmosphere it acts as a powerful greenhouse gas.

Source: GreenFacts

Related words:

Greenhouse gas

To read about this term in context:

GreenFacts Summary on Climate Change 2007 Update:

Translation(s):

Español: Óxido nitroso
Français: Oxyde nitreux
Nederlands: Stikstofoxide

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