New nitrogen cycle pathway bypasses the greenhouse gas N2O

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Nitrous oxide is 300 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide and 10 times more effective than methane. Nitrous oxide also moves into the stratosphere and destroys ozone. Now a new pathway in the nitrogen cycle has been discovered that avoids nitrous oxide production.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science – Researchers discover greenhouse bypass for nitrogen