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Researchers Warn of Nitrogen Hazard to Environment
Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2008

Posted on 05/16/2008 11:44:36 AM PDT by anymouse

While carbon dioxide has been getting lots of publicity in climate change, reactive forms of nitrogen are also building up in the environment, scientists warn.

"The public does not yet know much about nitrogen, but in many ways it is as big an issue as carbon, and due to the interactions of nitrogen and carbon, makes the challenge of providing food and energy to the world's peoples without harming the global environment a tremendous challenge," University of Virginia environmental sciences professor James Galloway said in a statement.

"We are accumulating reactive nitrogen in the environment at alarming rates, and this may prove to be as serious as putting carbon dioxide in the atmosphere," said Galloway, author of a paper and co-author of a second on the topic in Friday's issue of the journal Science.

While nitrogen alone is inert and harmless, reactive nitrogen compounds — such as ammonia — have been released by its use in nitrogen-based fertilizers and the large-scale burning of fossil fuels.

Various forms of nitrogen contribute to greenhouse warming, smog, haze, acid rain dead zones with little or no life along the coasts, and depletion of the ozone layer in the stratosphere, the researchers concluded.

The researchers propose ways to reduce nitrogen use, ranging from encouraging its uptake by plants to recovering and reusing nitrogen from manure and sewage and decreasing nitrogen emissions from fossil fuel combustion.

International Nitrogen Initiative: http://www.initrogen.org


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Technical
KEYWORDS: ammonia; environment; globalwhining; greenhousegas; nitrogen; ozone
First they claimed that Carbon Dioxide was a pollutant. Now they go after Nitrogen - only the largest component in the atmosphere and critical to plant growth when combined with other elements in the soil.

How long before they start targetting Oxygen? You know that too much of it will kill you. ;)

1 posted on 05/16/2008 11:44:37 AM PDT by anymouse
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To: anymouse

They are already targeting oxygen.

There are 2 oxygens in every carbon dioxide.

I’ll bet they are targeting the nitric oxides as well as opposed to the regular nitrogen. NOx, NO2, N2O... All that stuff. Lots of oxygen there as well.


2 posted on 05/16/2008 11:47:26 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad
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To: anymouse

“First they claimed that Carbon Dioxide was a pollutant. Now they go after Nitrogen - only the largest component in the atmosphere and critical to plant growth when combined with other elements in the soil.

How long before they start targetting Oxygen? You know that too much of it will kill you. ;) “

Nah, they’ll just skip over all of that and claim that man is the pollutant, the planet’s cancer and pass laws to eliminate our existence.


3 posted on 05/16/2008 11:47:39 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: anymouse

Worse yet, dihydogen monoxide.

It’s in absolutely everything, our lakes and seas are loaded with it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzLs60ZaNW4


4 posted on 05/16/2008 11:48:00 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: anymouse

I thought this was Scrappleface. This is serious?


5 posted on 05/16/2008 11:50:43 AM PDT by HoosierHawk
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To: anymouse
...ranging from encouraging its uptake by plants...

Uh...wouldn't that be fertilizer?

6 posted on 05/16/2008 11:51:09 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The secret of Life is letting go. The secret of Love is letting it show.)
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To: I still care
Worse yet, dihydogen monoxide.

Why yes, I had a friend who fell into a large pool of the stuff and nearly died. It got into her nose and prevented her from breathing. The stuff should be banned.

7 posted on 05/16/2008 11:51:53 AM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: I still care
Full info on DHMO found here.
8 posted on 05/16/2008 11:52:40 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The secret of Life is letting go. The secret of Love is letting it show.)
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To: anymouse

These people will not be happy unless 75% of the worlds population is dead. Until then, they will just be gloom and doom.


9 posted on 05/16/2008 11:59:09 AM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: anymouse

10 posted on 05/16/2008 12:00:20 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: HoosierHawk

It’s been on the back burner, if you will... and it’s time to get grants renewed for more studies..

The earth is a living breathing thing and when it gets tired of irritants like humans and such , it will cleanse itself as it sees fit, ‘til then, some folks need to chill out and enjoy the next approaching ice age..


11 posted on 05/16/2008 12:03:08 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: anymouse
Oh NO!

Global Nitrogening!


12 posted on 05/16/2008 12:06:31 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: anymouse

This stuff`s so insane I gotta bookmark it for future laffs


13 posted on 05/16/2008 12:07:45 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: anymouse
reactive forms of nitrogen are also building up in the environment, scientists warn.

'Tis only a matter of time before you will have to diaper your pets and compost their droppings - chicken owners be alert to nosy neighbors who are practicing their Environmental Religion as they peer over your backyard fence, counting the chickens, ducks, peacocks etc. then pin a note on your door telling you to dispose of the nitrogen seen littering the ground in some incinerator the government has made you buy. I will be the first to be accused of incinerating the nosy neighbor/environmentalist

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? THEIR ATTEMPTS TO GARNER A FEW MOMENTS OF FAME ARE JUST PLAIN PITIFUL! S**** the Scientists, the environmentalists and the horse they rode in on!!!

14 posted on 05/16/2008 12:11:36 PM PDT by yoe ( Socialism with Obama or Clinton - Democracy with McCain)
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To: anymouse

Hey Golfers! Kiss this goodbye! Soon you'll only be regulated to playing the game on a Wii!


15 posted on 05/16/2008 12:16:16 PM PDT by Bommer (There's an (R) next to his name! I must trash my principles & beliefs and vote for the (R)!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Bloody Sam,
I went to the DHMO web site - do not have time just now to peruse it - are they pulling my leg? It appears that this is far worse than global warming or climate change - lordy it is just awful...............


16 posted on 05/16/2008 12:18:10 PM PDT by yoe ( Socialism with Obama or Clinton - Democracy with McCain)
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To: yoe

It’s like the polar bear that just declared as endangered...there are 3X as many now as 10 yrs ago, and the ice shelf is twice as thick...so where is the common sense. It’s just a ruse to keep us from drilling in Anwar.
I find all these people ‘SAY’ that these things are happening but no substantial proof that is in English for us to read as normal people.


17 posted on 05/16/2008 12:19:33 PM PDT by Kackikat ((No strong national security, and the rest of issues are mute points; chaos ensues.))
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To: anymouse

Just so long as they leave my twinkies alone


18 posted on 05/16/2008 12:21:29 PM PDT by woofie
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To: anymouse

Bush’s fault.


19 posted on 05/16/2008 12:34:41 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
"Full info on DHMO found here."

"Now that's what I call high quality H2O." - Robert Boucher Jr.

20 posted on 05/16/2008 12:42:52 PM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: anymouse

We might as well all just lay down and pull our dirt blankets over us! Or, if we truly love our fellow man suffering from hunger, donate ourselves to the Soylent Green Foundation.

Horse squeeze!


21 posted on 05/16/2008 12:43:00 PM PDT by hotshu (My eye hurts dammit!)
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To: anymouse

Nitrogen credits right here!
Hey! Gotta get your nitrogen credits while they’re cheap!
You can’t fight global warming without them!
Why deal with those dirty carbon credits when you can have clean nitrogen?
I’ve got enough to go around... step right up and I’ll sell you as many as you want.


22 posted on 05/16/2008 12:47:45 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Ask me again tomorrow.)
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Diatomic elemental Nitrogen tends to be a pretty stable molecule. Not much reacts with it. However, if it reacts with organics under the right conditions, it does produce cyano- compounds, as in cyan-ide.

I find it hard to believe that those conditions exist outside a lab, and consequently, that this "warning" is anything more than "sky-is-falling" hysteria.

23 posted on 05/16/2008 12:49:40 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: anymouse
George Carlin had the perfect ridicule for these fanatics when he said, "Scientists have discovered that swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time, might cause cancer."


24 posted on 05/16/2008 1:02:18 PM PDT by FrankR (OBAMA is the VAST WRIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY...)
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To: anymouse

Actually, they need to pull their collective heads out of that dark place. Wipe off their faces. Take some deep breaths and give their brains some of that nitrogen mixed with oxygen.


25 posted on 05/16/2008 1:07:56 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: anymouse
OK, everyone...ready...set... STOP BREATHING!!!!!
26 posted on 05/16/2008 1:13:31 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: w1andsodidwe
Brave man that I am, I actually put the dihydrogen monoxide in good whiskey (a small amount of course) and drink the witches brew.
27 posted on 05/16/2008 1:15:38 PM PDT by cpdiii (roughneck, oilfield trash and proud of it, geologist, pilot, pharmacist, iconoclast.)
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To: anymouse

nump


28 posted on 05/16/2008 1:25:46 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: vpintheak
These people will not be happy unless 75% of the worlds population is dead. Until then, they will just be gloom and doom.

Well there is one obvious way to end the gloom and doom. Simply eliminate the unhappy.

29 posted on 05/16/2008 1:30:08 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter(the Godfather of Terror) allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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I can make that compromise.


30 posted on 05/16/2008 1:43:17 PM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Wow. Even I didn’t know it could be so dangerous. Bookmarked for my chem class.

Each year, Dihydrogen Monoxide is a known causative component in many thousands of deaths and is a major contributor to millions upon millions of dollars in damage to property and the environment. Some of the known perils of Dihydrogen Monoxide are:

Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.

Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.

Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.

DHMO is a major component of acid rain.

Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.

Contributes to soil erosion.

Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.

Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.

Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.
Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
Given to vicious dogs involved in recent deadly attacks.

Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere, and in hurricanes including deadly storms in Florida, New Orleans and other areas of the southeastern U.S.

Thermal variations in DHMO are a suspected contributor to the El Nino weather effect.


31 posted on 05/16/2008 1:49:33 PM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: anymouse

Another usless proferssor leaching off of society with the publish ir perish syndrom!


32 posted on 05/16/2008 1:58:32 PM PDT by dalereed (both)
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To: IronJack
I find it hard to believe that those conditions exist outside a lab, and consequently, that this "warning" is anything more than "sky-is-falling" hysteria.

Check your nearest blue-green algae. This article is clearly hysterical.

33 posted on 05/16/2008 2:47:00 PM PDT by Fraxinus (My opinion, worth what you paid.)
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Beam me to Planet Gore !

34 posted on 05/16/2008 2:54:43 PM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: anymouse; All
Is there a problem?
Click the Pic

35 posted on 05/16/2008 5:03:16 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: yoe
- lordy it is just awful...............

I know!

We're doomed!

36 posted on 05/16/2008 8:09:43 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The secret of Life is letting go. The secret of Love is letting it show.)
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