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Cleaner air is a win–win

Ground-level ozone is an air pollutant that is harmful to human health, as well as to plants, trees and crops. New analyses based on Earth system modelling show that reducing ozone from the energy, industrial and transportation sectors could mitigate climate change by enhancing the ability of vegetation to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis.

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Fig. 1: Schematic of processes involving vegetation uptake of ozone.

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Felzer, B.S. Cleaner air is a win–win. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10, 104–105 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0685-4

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