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Improving the social cost of nitrous oxide

The social cost of nitrous oxide does not account for stratospheric ozone depletion. Doing so could increase its value by 20%. Links between nitrous oxide and other nitrogen pollution impacts could make mitigation even more compelling.

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We would like to thank the International Nitrogen Initiative North America for organizing and hosting a virtual workshop on the social cost of nitrous oxide on 25 February 2021, which seeded many of the ideas and arguments in this Comment. We would also like to thank all the workshop participants for their insightful contributions.

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D.R.K., C.W.-R. and P.M.G. conceived of the workshop that preceded this Comment. D.R.K. led the writing process, with C.W.-R., P.M.G., E.A.D., J.N.G., J.D.G., B.Z.H., B.L.K., S.M.O., H.P., K.J.R., M.S., D.J.S., H.J.M.v.G. and G.W. providing important written and editorial contributions.

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Kanter, D.R., Wagner-Riddle, C., Groffman, P.M. et al. Improving the social cost of nitrous oxide. Nat. Clim. Chang. (2021).

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