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  • Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
    Published 30 June 2010 Referencing Hub media
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    In fossil fuels, the carbon is stored in long-chain hydrocarbons, and then through combustion with oxygen in our cars or in factories, the carbon is converted to CO2, which is released to the atmosphere. And in addition, a number of other byproducts are also produced through inefficiencies in combustion like CO which are atmospheric pollutants.

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    In fossil fuels, the carbon is stored in long-chain hydrocarbons, and then through combustion with oxygen in our cars or in factories, the carbon is converted to CO2, which is released to the atmosphere. And in addition, a number of other byproducts are also produced through inefficiencies in combustion like CO which are atmospheric pollutants.

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    Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

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