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Title: Carbon monoxide and the burning earth

Abstract

Carbon monoxide is one of many gases whose presence in the atmosphere is blamed largely on industrial activity in the Northern Hemisphere. Data collected by the authors show that the gas is also abundant in the Southern Hemisphere, where it comes mainly from the burning of tropical rain forests and savannas. The high levels of carbon monoxide confirm other evidence that the rain forests are being diminished rapidly, which may affect the climates of these regions as well as globally. Increases in carbon monoxide could also encourage the accumulation of pollutant gases such as ozone and methane. The first is highly toxic to plants and the second would add to the greenhouse effect.

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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6750144
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OSTI ID: 6750144
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Scientific American; (USA)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 261:4; Journal ID: ISSN 0036-8733
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; CARBON MONOXIDE; ABUNDANCE; SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE; DEFORESTATION; ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY; CLIMATES; COMBUSTION; FORESTS; FOSSIL FUELS; GLOBAL ASPECTS; GREENHOUSE EFFECT; MEASURING METHODS; METHANE; NORTHERN HEMISPHERE; OZONE; REMOTE SENSING; TOXICITY; ALKANES; CARBON COMPOUNDS; CARBON OXIDES; CHALCOGENIDES; CHEMICAL REACTIONS; CHEMISTRY; EARTH PLANET; ENERGY SOURCES; FUELS; HYDROCARBONS; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; OXIDATION; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; PLANETS; THERMOCHEMICAL PROCESSES 540120* -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (1990-); 010900 -- Coal, Lignite, & Peat-- Environmental Aspects

Citation Formats

Newell, R.E., Reichle, H.G. Jr., and Seiler, W. Carbon monoxide and the burning earth. United States: N. p., 1989. Web. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican1089-82.
Newell, R.E., Reichle, H.G. Jr., & Seiler, W. Carbon monoxide and the burning earth. United States. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican1089-82.
Newell, R.E., Reichle, H.G. Jr., and Seiler, W. Sun . "Carbon monoxide and the burning earth". United States. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican1089-82.
@article{osti_6750144,
title = {Carbon monoxide and the burning earth},
author = {Newell, R.E. and Reichle, H.G. Jr. and Seiler, W.},
abstractNote = {Carbon monoxide is one of many gases whose presence in the atmosphere is blamed largely on industrial activity in the Northern Hemisphere. Data collected by the authors show that the gas is also abundant in the Southern Hemisphere, where it comes mainly from the burning of tropical rain forests and savannas. The high levels of carbon monoxide confirm other evidence that the rain forests are being diminished rapidly, which may affect the climates of these regions as well as globally. Increases in carbon monoxide could also encourage the accumulation of pollutant gases such as ozone and methane. The first is highly toxic to plants and the second would add to the greenhouse effect.},
doi = {10.1038/scientificamerican1089-82},
journal = {Scientific American; (USA)},
issn = {0036-8733},
number = ,
volume = 261:4,
place = {United States},
year = {1989},
month = {10}
}