The UN Environment agency on Monday has warned about the ill-effects of nitrogen pollution in the environment. According to a report released by the UN Environment, nitrogen pollution is one of the biggest environmental issues faced by humans today and requires urgent action from nations around the world.
Its Frontiers report, launched ahead of the UN Environment high-level assembly beginning here on March 11, explores environmental issues that will have profound effects on society, economy and ecosystems, along with some novel solutions.
By scanning the technological and environmental horizons, the report identifies five major topics -- synthetic biology, ecological connectivity, permafrost peatlands, nitrogen pollution and maladaptation to climate change.
"Altogether, humans are producing a cocktail of reactive nitrogen that threatens health, climate and ecosystems, making nitrogen one of the most important pollution issues facing humanity," the report warns.
"Yet the scale of the problem remains largely unknown and unacknowledged outside scientific circles," it adds.