Production of atmospheric nitrous oxide by combustion


  • R. F. Weiss,

  • H. Craig


Measurements of N2O in the effluent gases from the burning of coal and fuel oil show that these are significant anthropogenic sources of atmospheric N2O. We estimate that the present global production of N2O from these sources is 1.6 Mtons N2O(N) per year and is increasing at a rate of ∼ 3.5% per year. Catalytic converters for the reduction of NO emissions also represent a major potential source of atmospheric N2O.