11 Nov '11, 6pm

Nitrogen Air Pollution is Fertilizing Tropical Forests

Nitrogen Air Pollution is Fertilizing Tropical Forests

Nitrogen is not rare on Earth. In fact, the majority of our atmosphere - which you are breathing right now, is composed of nitrogen. But most of it is quite inert and not bio-available to living organisms such as plants and trees. This scarcity means that the availability of nitrogen nutrients is often the bottleneck that will control the rate of growth in many ecosystems. But what happens when humans inject more nitrogen into the nitrogen cycle (see below) via air pollution? That's what scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have been looking into by studying tropical forests in Panama and Thailand.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/nitrogen-air-p...

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