Ammonia pollution harming 60% of UK land area

Ammonia and nitrogen pollution, mostly from agriculture, is harming more than 60% of the UK’s land area and affecting the most sensitive habitats, according to a DEFRA report.

Ammonia and nitrogen pollution, mostly from agriculture, is harming more than 60% of the UK’s land area and affecting the most sensitive habitats, according to a DEFRA report.

The trends report, published this week, finds that “there have only been small reductions in ammonia concentrations” between the periods 2009-11 and 2013-15.

The UK land area with ammonia concentrations above 1 microgram per cubic metre (µg/m3) - the critical level set to protect lichens, mosses, liverworts and similar plants – slightly decreased, from 63.9% in 2009-11 to 61.3% in 2013-15.

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