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Atmospheric Nitrogen II

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What is the “issue” with atmospheric nitrogen as it relates to living organisms?

A

${ N }_{ 2 }$ is a respiratory irritant that can trigger asthma attacks and cause lung tissue damage.

B

${ N }_{ 2 }$ damages leaves and decreases plants ability to perform photosynthesis.

C

${ N }_{ 2 }$ is a greenhouse gas that is increasing in concentration on Earth causing issues with sea level rise, drought, and increased storm intensity.

D

${ N }_{ 2 }$ is a key component to photochemical smog.

E

${ N }_{ 2 }$ contains a strong triple bond that makes it unable to react within organisms.