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The shape of nitrogen to come

An analysis reveals the huge impact of human activity on the nitrogen cycle in China. With global use of Earth's resources rising per head, the findings call for a re-evaluation of the consumption patterns of developed societies. See Letter p.459

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Figure 1: Fertilizer use and nitrogen losses to the environment.


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Sutton, M., Bleeker, A. The shape of nitrogen to come. Nature 494, 435–437 (2013).

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