Thursday, 25 May 2017

'Monotonous green badlands' - Air pollution is devastating UK's wild flowers

Source: "Air pollution is devastating UK's wild flowers turning countryside into 'monotonous green badlands'", by Ian Johnston, 13th March 2017

Ian Johnston reported, "‘The very fabric of our countryside is changing under this rain of nitrogen’. Air pollution is having a devastating effect on Britain’s wild flowers by helping nettles, hogweed and other “thuggish” species turn the countryside into “monotonous green badlands”, major environmental groups have warned. (..) Nitrogen deposition takes place when emissions from transport, power stations, farming and industry – mainly in the form of nitrogen oxides and ammonia – are washed out of the air when it rains or if they simply drift down onto the land. (...)"

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/air-pollution-wild-flowers-countryside-green-badlands-plantlife-national-trust-a7623036.html