Indian Study Gives New Insight on Global Warming

Fertilizer run-off in coastal waters identified as possible contributor to global warming.

Published: 17-Nov-2000

BOMBAY (Reuters) - The increasing use of fertilizers could be a contributor to global warming by decreasing oxygen and raising levels of nitrous oxide gas in coastal waters, a three-year Indian study has revealed.

A team led by S.W.A. Naqvi, a scientist at the National Institute of Oceanography in the Indian state of Goa, conducted a series of studies in the waters of the Arabian Sea off the West coast of India.

The research, published in the latest issue of the British journal Nature, details an unusual increase in the production of nitrous oxide, popularly known as laughing gas, over the Indian continental shelf.

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