Cutting emissions of particular gases could improve conditions for plants, allowing them to grow faster and capture more carbon, new research suggests.
A cocktail of gases – including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds and methane – combines in the atmosphere to form ozone.
Ozone at the Earth’s surface limits photosynthesis, reducing plants’ ability to grow.
University of Exeter researchers say cutting emissions of ozone-forming gases offers a“unique opportunity” to create a “natural climate solution”. MORE