How Humans Have Affected Nitrogen Outputs

One thing that we commonly hear about across the news and the internet today is that the tropical rainforests are under significant threat from man-made problems that could be solved in other ways. While many people don’t heed the advice of the experts, there is even more proof that we are doing untold damage to the planet and its inhabitants by continuing along the path that we currently are as a species.

A new paper which was written by a variety of talented University of Montana researchers has found some chilling evidence into the damage we are doing. With the constant industry and change to the planet thanks to things we have done, tropical nitrogen inputs have more than doubled – this is not a good thing whatsoever!


While nitrogen in the air is a good thing as it helps animal and plant life in various aspects, too much nitrogen in the air can cause a pollution of sorts which can cause a lot of problems down the line. When we use up fossil fuels or create fertilizer, we instantly let off nitrogen into the atmosphere so when you add in all the tasks we take part in that create nitrogen, it’s quite worrying to see the potential effects that this could have.

Too much nitrogen creates a polluted air and can even damage our drinking water and significantly increase illness rates among humans. Given that tropical rain forests play a huge part in the Earths climate as a whole, it’s not a good sign to imagine that they could be polluted with too much nitrogen thanks to things that we have done.

While previously it was thought that no matter what we done the cycle on Earth would remain balanced in some way, we are beginning to tip the scales quite dramatically in the favour of a more negative way of thinking. These high nitrogen inputs are going to cause significant problems for parts of the world in future years unless something about it is done readily and quickly. This is not just a small problem – this is a genuinely huge issue that could significantly affect life for years to come.

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