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Methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean

Year: 2010 Author: Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
In addition to carbon dioxide (CO2), other greenhouse gasses that play an important role in the region are methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). These gasses are produced primarily in the sectors of waste management, mining, industrial processes, and in the production and distribution of natural gas, petroleum and agricultural products. Among the region’s countries, Brazil is the highest emitter of both methane and nitrous oxide. Other countries that account for a major share of emissions of these gases in the region are Mexico, Argentina and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. At the other end of the spectrum are the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago with very low emissions of methane and nitrous oxide.
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