Rise in French nitrate releases to sea recorded

A damning estimate of France's contribution to marine eutrophication has been released by national environment institute Ifen. It calculates that 646,000 tonnes of nitrogen, 71% in the form of nitrates, now reach the sea from metropolitan France, plus 43,800 tonnes of phosphorus. The data show that France has spectacularly failed to meet a target under the Ospar convention on protecting the north-east Atlantic. This called for nitrate discharges to be cut by 50% between 1985 and 1995. Ifen records that French nitrate pollution has actually nearly doubled. See press release.

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