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Unprecedented levels of nitrogen could pose danger to Earth’s environment

A farmer and tractor tilling soil. New research finds that humankind’s contribution to the amount of nitrogen available to plants on land is now five times higher than it was 60 years ago, mainly due to increases in the synthetic production of fertilizer and nitrogen-producing crops. Credit: USDA.

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August 29, 2017
Geospace, American Geophysical Union

Humankind’s contribution to the amount of nitrogen available to plants on land is now five times higher than it was 60 years ago, mainly due to increases in the synthetic production of fertilizer and nitrogen-producing crops, according to a new study. This increase in nitrogen parallels the exponential growth of atmospheric carbon, the main culprit behind climate change, and could pose as much of a danger to Earth’s environment, according to the study’s authors.

http://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2017/08/29/unprecedented-levels-nitrogen-pose-danger-earths-environment/

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