N Assessment Conference, Boulder, Colorado USA

Scientists and experts discuss strategy for assessing Nitrogen pollution in North America

On May 18-20, the nation’s top nitrogen scientists [met] to share the latest findings on nitrogen pollution’s sources and impacts and to kickstart an effort to manage the life-giving element.

Many scientists have called nitrogen pollution the biggest environmental disaster no one’s heard of – responsible for everything from nitrate-contaminated drinking water and unhealthy air to climate change.

At this landmark meeting, these scientific leaders [discussed] ways to benefit from nitrogen’s utility as a fertilizer without polluting our environment and damaging our health. More than 30 leading scientists from federal and state agencies and universities in the fields of health, agriculture, air quality, forestry and the environment attended.

Conference organizers intend to provide policymakers with consensus-based science on the consequences of increasing nitrogen pollution.