A new oxidant in the atmosphere identified

Source: The Hindu, India

It is time that the authorities evolve strategies to contain the emission of green house gases since the vehicle population is increasing at a rapid pace. Scientists have for the first time found unequivocal evidence of another oxidant playing a vital role in the formation of gaseous sulphuric acid in the atmosphere. Until now, it was thought that the combination of OH (hydroxyl radical) oxidant with sulphur dioxide (SO2) was the dominant way by which gaseous sulphuric acid is formed in the atmosphere. The results are published on August 9, 2012 in Nature. Read more…


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