£280 billion per year – nitrogen pollution is European Union’s new ‘bailout’ cost

[Jana Kintsky, EU News Contributor]

BBC News: According to a recent report of an environmental scientist Roger Harrabin, the EU spends enormous amounts of money annually, around £280 billion,  on tackling nitrogen pollution related matters.

Man-produced  nitrogen in its harmful variation now is everywhere:  in the atmosphere, in the ground as well as our bodies. It comes from the vast amounts of  toxic element put into the soil for agriculture (70 per cent), livestock farming and other related industry sectors.

Despite the significant spendings from EU every year to contain the problem, this is the first time a combined study on nitrogen reduction and its impact on human body had been conducted.

There have been and still are many attempts to control nitrogen but we believe the big challenge is to link existing policy areas and make them work together, says Mr. Harrabin who is hopeful that the study will result in measures from the EU on more stringent nitrogen-emissions control which is costing all in Europe, in the long run, incredible sums of wasted money.

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