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The Weekender: Nitrogen Pollution More Urgent Than Climate Change?

The Weekender features a longer form article from a reputable source. We select articles that discuss issues and opportunities we deem just off the radar for many business people, students, and faculty. Sit back and enjoy. Have a great weekend!

This is a superb piece from Yale360 by noted journalist Fred Pearce.

Can the World Find Solutions to the Nitrogen Pollution Crisis?

"In the past half-century, humans have increased the amount of nitrogen in the environment more than any other major element. Sewage, livestock waste, fossil-fuel burning, and especially our use of synthetic fertilizer have all contributed to a doubling of nitrogen flows..."

"Fixing the fertilizer failings of modern farming is only part of the solution to the nitrogen problem, of course. When it produces its final report in late 2021, the International Nitrogen Management System is also likely to push for global efforts to recycle livestock manure, to turn more treated human sewage into fertilizer, to reduce food waste, and even to encourage changes to our diets..."

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