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Type: Journal Article
Author(s): J. L. Peel; R. Haeuber; V. Garcia; A. G. Russell; L. Neas
Publication Date: July 2013

Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are important components of ambient and indoor air pollution and are emitted from a range of combustion sources, including on-road mobile sources, electric power generators, and non-road mobile sources. While anthropogenic sources dominate, NOx is also formed by lightning strikes and wildland fires and is also emitted by soil. Reduced nitrogen (e.g., ammonia, NH3) is also emitted by various sources, including fertilizer application and animal waste decomposition. Nitrogen oxides, ozone (O3) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution related to atmospheric emissions of nitrogen (N) and other pollutants can cause premature death and a variety of serious health effects. Climate change is expected to impact how N-related pollutants affect human health. For example, changes in temperature and precipitation patterns are projected to both lengthen the O3 season and intensify high O3 episodes in some areas. Other climate-related changes may increase the atmospheric release of N compounds through impacts on wildfire regimes, soil emissions, and biogenic emissions from terrestrial ecosystems. This paper examines the potential human health implications of climate change and N cycle interactions related to ambient air pollution. © The Authors 2012. This article is puboished with open access at .

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Citation: Peel, J. L., R. Haeuber, V. Garcia, A. G. Russell, and L. Neas. 2013. Impact of nitrogen and climate change interactions on ambient air pollution and human health. Biogeochemistry, v. 114, no. 1-3, p. 121-134. 10.1007/s10533-012-9782-4.

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  • air pollution
  • air quality
  • carbon dioxide
  • climate change
  • fire management
  • health factors
  • human health
  • humidity
  • N - nitrogen
  • nitrogen oxides
  • ozone
  • ozone
  • pollen
  • pollution
  • precipitation
  • radiation
  • smoke effects
  • smoke management
  • temperature
  • wildfires
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