A major international science event took place in Edinburgh this week, bringing together scientists, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss the role of nitrogen in global change.
The event began with the launch of the European Nitrogen Assessment (ENA), accompanied by a keynote address from Professor Bob Watson, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK's Department to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The science conference included presentations of results from several major European Nitrogen research programmes, including the EU 6th Framework Programme project NitroEurope.
On the final day of the conference the 350 delegates from 40 countries agreed the 23 point 'Edinburgh Declaration on Reactive Nitrogen'. The declaration is now available on the conference website.
News updates from Nitrogen and Global Change 2011
- The first European Nitrogen Assessment has been published, estimating the cost of damage from nitrogen pollution in Europe at up to £280 billion.
- Reactive nitrogen compounds from agriculture, transport and industry are causing increased emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide from forests in Europe. The emissions are at least twice as high as estimated by the IPCC.
- A new web-based tool that calculates an individual's "nitrogen footprint" has been created by a team of scientists from the Netherlands and United States.
- An international study, Nitrogen Deposition and Natura 2000, has warned that nitrogen pollution, resulting from industry and agriculture, is putting Europe's wildlife at risk.
- The Edinburgh Declaration on Reactive Nitrogen, the Closing statement from the Nitrogen & Global Change conference.
The Nitrogen and Global Change conference addressed key themes related to aspects of reactive nitrogen in the environment and focuses on the role of nitrogen for:
- Climate change
- Food security
- Energy security
- Ecosystems and biodiversity
- Human health
- Integrating Nitrogen in Science and Policy
Nitrogen and Global Change was jointly organised with the support of the ESF programme Nitrogen in Europe (NinE), COST Action 729, the Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen (TFRN) under the UNECE Convention of Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, the European Centre of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI) and the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA). The conference was hosted by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
For all details about the event, see the conference website
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Managing the European Nitrogen Problem - a publication from CEH and the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER)
European Centre of the International Nitrogen Initiative - hosted by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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