Atmospheric pollution is the release of a harmful chemical or material into the atmosphere. The consequences can be devastating - carbon dioxide, for example, is one of the major causes of climate change, while nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide combine to form harmful acid rain. Not all pollution is directly man-made, however, such as the release of ammonia from livestock. Ammonia is toxic to many aquatic animals and can lead to soil acidification and smog.

Atmospheric pollution is also harmful to human health. It has driven cancer to be the main cause of death in China, the poster country for smog, and more than half of Americans are breathing unacceptable standards of air. In the UK alone it is thought that air pollution causes  29,000 deaths every year.

CEH work on atmospheric pollution

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Monitoring Sites

Research Facilities

Spraying fertiliser on a field
New international management system to fight nitrogen pollution
Harvest rice field in Xiangtan, Hunan, China (CC BY-SA 3.0) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rice_field,_Hunan.JPG#filelinks
CEH signs collaboration agreement with the Hunan Provincial Agriculture Committee
Into the Blue
Last week scientists from across the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology took part in NERC’s ‘Into the Blue’ public engagement and networking event held at Manchester Airport Runway Visitors Park.
Professor David Fowler of CEH speaking at the Ozone Symposium
Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2016
State of Nature 2013 and State of Nature 2016 report covers
Trends and biases in biological records
SIL2016 conference banner
Attending the International Society of Limnology (SIL) congress
Solardomes at the Air Pollution Facility
Ozone and nitrogen pollution impacts on ecosystems, food security and human health in a changing climate – a National Capability programme
Dr Toby Marthews, a land surface modeller at CEH, speaks at the High Impact Weather conference
CEH scientists at 3-day conference
Austria Center Vienna photo: Marcus Winter (CC BY-SA 2.0)
International geosciences conference

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