Global Climate Change

By Michael B. Gerrard and Cullen Howe This chapter from Environmental Law Practice addresses both the factual background of global climate change and its legal implications. The chapter is divided into two parts, discussing the factual background of global climate change and the legal issues surrounding...

What is the source of the oceans' production of N2O, a potent GHG?

The oceans emit an estimated 30% of the nitrous oxide (N2O) entering the atmosphere. Nitrous oxide gives rise to NO (nitric oxide) when it reacts with oxygen atoms, and this NO in turn reacts with ozone. As a result, N2O is the main naturally occurring "regulator" of stratopheric ozone. N2O...