Title: Too Much of a Good Thing
Authors: SUTTON Mark AOenema OeneERISMAN Jan WillemLEIP AdrianVAN GRINSVEN HansWINIWARTER Wilfried
Citation: NATURE vol. 472 p. 159-161
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC65637
ISSN: 0028-0836
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC65637
DOI: 10.1038/472159a
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: An analysis published this week calculates that excess nitrogen in the environment costs the EuropeanUnion (EU) between €70 billion (US$100 billion) and €320 billion per year1. It is the first time that an economic value has been placed on the threats posed by nitrogen pollution, including contributions to climate change and biodiversity loss. To put that into perspective, this cost is more than double the value that nitrogen fertilizers are estimated to add to European farm income.This economic valuation is just one outcome of the five-year European Nitrogen Assessment, which has drawn together 200 experts, including ourselves, to understand the sources, processes and impacts of nitrogenas a basis to inform policy.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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