While ozone forms a protective layer around the Earth in the upper atmosphere, it is a harmful pollutant at ground level.
It is created by a chemical reaction when two pollutants, often emitted by cars or industry, combine in the presence of sunlight and it can interfere with plant photosynthesis and growth.
The research published on Monday harnesses pollution monitoring data from the region and field experiments to show ozone affects Asia’s crop yields more than previously thought.
The study’s authors said the findings should push policymakers to reduce emissions that produce ozone.
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