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Nitrogen is all around us and is normally relatively un-reactive in the atmosphere. Nitrogen will only react with oxygen when put under specific conditions to form nitrogen oxides such as nitrogen monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide. The most common method that causes nitrogen and oxygen to react and form nitrogen oxides is by combusting fuel, a process where fuel is burned at high temperatures. Everyday activities such as burning fuel for transportation, or using electricity in our homes produced by burning coal or oil, or in power plants, are all activities that directly or indirectly cause the production of nitrogen oxide emissions.