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Cutting road transport pollution could help plants grow

Source: exeter.ac.uk

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

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