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Local measures would provide best protection for habitats threatened by nitrogen pollution


Targeted local action would be the most effective way to protect UK nature conservation sites from atmospheric nitrogen pollution, according to new research that will inform government policies.

Nitrogen pollution from agriculture, industry and road traffic is a major driver of biodiversity loss in the UK, and a study led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) explored options for mitigating its impacts on sensitive habitats and species.

The research was carried out for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) as part of the Defra-funded Nitrogen Futures project. It provides each of the four UK nations with up-to-date evidence to design measures that further reduce the impact of air pollution on sensitive habitats. MORE