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Heatwaves leading to ozone pollution

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: DTE


Context: A recent report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) highlights that climate change is leading to more frequent and intense heatwaves, which are contributing to ozone pollution and worsening air quality.

  • Heatwaves are linked to an increased risk of wildfires, which release various pollutants, including ozone and particulate matter (PM), into the atmosphere.
  • The report emphasizes that short-lived reactive gases such as nitrogen oxides and biogenic volatile organic compounds generated during wildfires contribute to the production of ozone and PM.