European Nitrogen Assessment

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In a five year project funded by the European Science Foundation programme "Nitrogen in Europe", 200 scientists/experts in the field produced "The European Nitrogen Assessment", which explains the state of the threats to water, air and soil quality and the impacts on biodiversity and climate change in Europe and highlights the possible solutions. The assessment can be downloaded from: www.nine-esf.org [The full text of the video is as follows:] A message from the European Nitrogen Assessment. [radio beacon on the world, lightning, music, announcement] 78% of our atmosphere is nitrogen, But most of it is unreactive and no use to plants. We need reactive nitrogen. Reactive nitrogen is essential for growing our food, [apple, crops, nitrogen feeding the world] But reactive nitrogen sources are not enough for our needs. [resource limitation, nitrogen scarcity, fossil nitrogen] So for 100 years we have made our own. [factory, manufacture, Haber Bosch process, nitrogen geoengineering, anthropocene] Without this reactive nitrogen 50% of the human population would not be alive today. [people live and die, food security] Reactive nitrogen benefits us all... It is used to make many products including: [conveyor belt] Nylon jumpers Melamine lamps Toothpaste Antiperspirant Polyurethane varnish Nylon stockings Floor cleaner Oven cleaner Sun tan lotion Hydrazine rocket fuel Solvents And not forgetting... TNT [TNT, bomb, explosion, trinitrotoluene, dynamite, mining] For 100 years ...

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