Developing countries bear brunt of nitrogen pollution: study

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PARIS: The production of goods for consumers in rich nations leaves a deep footprint in the form of potentially dangerous nitrogen pollution in developing countries, a study said Monday. Reactive nitrogen, generated in large part by fuel combustion and agriculture — mainly fertilizer use — can contribute to air and water pollution, climate change and acid rain. A study in the journal Nature Geoscience said many developed nations had a sky-high nitrogen pollution “footprint” — much of it left far away in the developing world. Emissions per person ranged from over 100 kilograms per year in nations like Hong Kong and Luxembourg, to less than seven kilograms in Papua New Guinea, Ivory Coast and Liberia.

AFP

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