Similar term(s): dinitrogen oxide , dinitrogen monoxide.
Nitrous oxide is a colourless non-flammable gas with the chemical formula
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.
To read about this term in context:
GreenFacts Summary on Climate Change 2007 Update:
Español: Óxido nitroso
Français: Oxyde nitreux