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Draining peatlands leads to greenhouse laughing gas emissions, study shows

DRAINED PEATLANDS LEAD TO THE SIGNIFICANT RELEASE OF NITROUS OXIDE — A GREENHOUSE GAS ALSO KNOWN COLLOQUIALLY AS LAUGHING GAS — LEADING TO GLOBAL WARMING, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY PUBLISHED IN NATURE COMMUNICATIONS.


The authors of the study are urging increased conservation of fens, swamps and bogs to help reduce the impact of climate change and protect the ozone layer.

“Nitrous oxide is no laughing matter – it is a significant contributor to global climate change and depletion of the ozone layer, which protects our planet from cosmic radiation,” said Ülo Mander, senior lecturer in biogeochemistry at Estonia’s University of Tartu.

"Nitrous oxide, which is used medically as an anesthetic, produces euphoric effects, leading to its use as a recreational drug."
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