An estimate of the global emissions of methyl bromide from automobile exhausts

J.M. Baker, L.M. Cardenas, C.E. Reeves, P.D. Nightingale, S.A. Penkett

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An estimate of the annual global methyl bromide (CH3Br) emissions from automobile exhausts has been determined by extrapolating the results of a field study conducted in the United Kingdom (UK). A strong linear correlation was observed between the CH3Br and carbon monoxide (CO) concentrations of roadside air in three cities. This correlation and knowledge of the UK CO emissions was used to estimate the source strength of CH3Br from automobile exhausts in the UK (0.04 ktonnes yr−1). Further extrapolations lead to a value of 1.5 ktonnes yr−1 (with an upper limit of 3.0 ktonnes yr−1) of CH3Br released globally to the atmosphere from automobile exhausts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2405-2408
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1998

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