Nitrous Oxide Emissions from New Zealand Agriculture – key Sources and Mitigation Strategies

  title={Nitrous Oxide Emissions from New Zealand Agriculture – key Sources and Mitigation Strategies},
  author={Cecile de Klein and Stewart F. Ledgard},
  journal={Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems},
  • C. Klein, S. Ledgard
  • Published 1 May 2005
  • Environmental Science
  • Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems
In most countries, nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions typically contribute less than 10% of the CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In New Zealand, however, this gas contributes 17% of the nation’s total GHG emissions due to the dominance of the agricultural sector. New Zealand’s target under the Kyoto Protocol is to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels. Currently total GHG emissions are 17% above 1990 levels. The single largest source of N2O emission in New Zealand is animal excreta… 

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