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Nitrogen, pillar of life

Science and war

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The International Nitrogen Initiative is trying to reduce environmental damage caused by excess nitrogen, most of which comes from the Haber-Bosch process. It's been an uphill battle to capture the public's attention.

The other side of the nitrogen coin is its extraordinary value for food production - and the industry-backed Fertilizer Institute has plenty of information about that.

One of the biggest fertilizer companies, PotashCorp of Canada, has a particularly informative website.

For forty years, the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study has been monitoring the effects of nitrogen on one small corner of the earth.

While the northern hemisphere drowns in nitrogen, most of Africa can't get nearly enough of it. This issue brief from the International Food Policy Research Institute outlines the problem.