A Washington Post investigation has discovered that Mexican agriculture is a major emitter of the potent greenhouse gasoline nitrous oxide.
The seemingly countless fields surrounding Ciudad Obregon in southern Sonora are considered Mexico’s breadbasket, with tens of hundreds of acres planted with wheat yearly and over 1 million tons harvested final yr, in accordance to state knowledge.
But a brand new investigation by the Washington Post has discovered that heavy dependence on nitrogen fertilizers there and elsewhere is leading to important — and poorly monitored — emissions of nitrous oxide. The gasoline is many instances stronger than CO2 in heating the environment and stays there for much longer.
Mexican regulators acknowledged to the Post that there aren’t laws on using such fertilizers, and that enforcement in the event that they did exist could be troublesome. Runoff from the fields additionally ends in damaging algae blooms within the Sea of Cortez, the Post reviews.