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Managing the NitroNet - Poll

Reactive nitrogen (Nr) is responsible for several environmental threats, affecting air, land and water, and these interact closely. One of the problems is that the nitrogen cycle is very ‘leaky’: if you reduce one loss pathway, you are likely to increase the loss of another Nr form.

Minimizing overall inputs of Nr will decrease many threats simultaneously. However, humans need a certain amount of Nr for food, biomass and industrial production. In this case, better management of Nr can often come down to a question of trade-offs, for which society needs to take some difficult decisions.

Give your view of the priorities between different nitrogen threats by scoring the following five issues, then click ‘submit’ to see how other people voted.

NitroNet Poll
Q: If one molecule of reactive nitrogen has multiple effects in the environment, what priority would you give to minimizing the following threats?
0|Minimizing effects of Nr on water quality(e.g. nitrates in drinking water, loss of aquatic biodiversity, algal blooms affecting bathing water quality)
1|Minimizing effects of Nr on air pollution(e.g. particulate matter, like PM10 and build up of ground level ozone concentrations on human health and atmospheric visibility).
2|Minimizing effects of Nr on greenhouse gas balance(e.g. increased nitrous oxide emissions, and possible threat to peatland carbon storage, at least partly offset by increased growth of forests, and the 'dimming' of atmospheric particles).
3|Minimizing effects of Nr deposition on ecosystems and biodiversity(e.g. loss of woodland flowers, habitats, and other rare plants, including damage to nature reserves).
4|Minimizing effects of Nr deposition on soil quality(e.g. soil acidification, nutrient imbalances, with effects on water quality).