We Need to Talk about Nitrogen: Scotland
We need to talk about nitrogen deposition. Levels of atmospheric nitrogen from air pollution have tripled in Europe in the last century and Scotland is no exception. Current scientific evidence shows clear impacts of nitrogen deposition in low-nutrient ecosystems such as wildflower meadows, ancient woodlands and moorlands. Species loss, change in soil chemistry, and habitat degradation are all exacerbating the decline in Scotland’s biodiversity, caused by emissions from transport, agriculture, industry and other sources.
As part of the review of the Scottish Government’s Cleaner Air for Scotland Strategy, this workshop aims to increase understanding of the ecological impacts of air pollution and the contribution of farm ammonia emissions. Participants will discuss practical and policy solutions, make links with action on climate change and public health, and ultimately work together to put these into policy and practice. The day will include presentations from Professor Mark Sutton of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, a Scottish Government representative and other specialists to inform working group discussions. We will translate these ideas into a workshop report and recommendations for action that can be shared and used as a tool to create change.
The Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria Street Edinburgh EH1 2JL