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Global warming’s companion crisis

Mark Sutton explains how our fast growing “nitrogen footprint” from agricultural and industrial activities is growing to crisis levels

Environmental physicist Professor Mark Sutton explains how our fast growing “nitrogen footprint” from agriculture and industry is reaching crisis levels as reactive nitrogen pollutes our air and soil and is a direct threat to human health. A leading researcher and adviser on nitrogen policy, Professor Sutton argues that smarter nitrogen management is not only a health and environmental priority but will prevent continued enormous economic losses.

Presented by Dr Andi Horvath.

Full transcript and more information available here.


Professor Mark Sutton is Chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI) of IGBP / SCOPE, and Co-Chair of the UNECE Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen (a body under the Geneva Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution). He was coordinator of the EU NitroEurope Integrated Project and the EU ÉCLAIRE project, which addressed how climate change will alter air pollution threats to European ecosystems, and also led the European Nitrogen Assessment (ENA). Prof. Sutton is a member of the Steering Group of the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) and is currently leading preparations for a future ‘International Nitrogen Management System’ (INMS) together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Professor Sutton’s interests focus on the emission, atmospheric transfer of atmospheric reactive nitrogen compounds, especially ammonia from all sources, and including the interactions between air pollution, greenhouse gas balance and eutrophication. He is engaged in developing a multi-pollutant approach for nitrogen, with special attention to the fate of emissions from agriculture.

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