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India is World’s Second Largest Emitter of Nitrous Oxide.

India is World s Second Largest Emitter of Nitrous Oxide
  • India is the world’s second largest source of nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas that heats up the atmosphere far more than carbon dioxide. Nearly 11% of such global man-made emissions in 2020 were from India, topped only by China at 16%. The major source of these emissions comes from fertiliser usage, according to a global assessment of N2O emissions.
  • The report said that atmospheric concentrations of N2O, the third most important greenhouse gas, are increasing faster than predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) emission scenarios. The concentration reached 336 parts per billion in 2022, a 25% increase over pre-industrial levels that far outpaces IPCC predictions. 
  • While global carbon dioxide emissions from human activities (fossil fuel and land use change) have been rather stable over the past decade, global N2O emissions continue to rise, largely due to production of food. The top five country emitters by volume of anthropogenic N2O emissions in 2020 were China (16.7%), India (10.9%), the United States (5.7%), Brazil (5.3%), and Russia (4.6%).
Published date : 15 Jun 2024 04:03PM

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