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Paul Crutzen's research has been especially concerned with the natural and anthropogenically disturbed photochemistry of ozone in the stratosphere and troposphere. Thereby he also identified biomass burning, especially in the tropics, as an important source of widespread air pollution, especially during the dry season, with potential impacts on Earth climate. He introduced the “Anthropocene”, a new geological era, in which the environment ins increasingly influenced by human action.
Crutzen received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1995 for his research on atmospheric ozone.