28 Aug '11, 11pm

Call to tackle nitrogen's multi-pronged threats | via @earthtimes #nitrogen #pollution

Call to tackle nitrogen's multi-pronged threats | via @earthtimes #nitrogen #pollution

The threat of global warming has stamped 'carbon' into the world's consciousness, as well as the pages of its dictionaries. We worry about our carbon footprint, aim to cut our carbon emissions, decarb our lifestyles - and even have a whole new generation of carbon accountants tracking man's meddling in the carbon cycle. But carbon isn't the only natural cycle we have messed with. Nitrogen is another key part of the planet's chemistry, whose normal flow has been seriously disrupted by man. And it's also one that has very much been overlooked, in the focus on carbon. Biggest disaster that no-one has heard of But with nitrogen playing a massive role in the biological and climatic meanderings of the planet, we need to pay much more attention to our nitrogen-related emissions - and to scale up efforts to reduce their impact on the planet. "It's been said that nitrogen pollution...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/pollution/call-tackle-nitrogens...

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