Official Statistics

Acidification and eutrophication of sensitive habitats

Annual update on sensitive habitats where the critical loads for acidification and eutrophication were exceeded in the UK.

Documents

Advice on the changes in trends in nutrient nitrogen critical load exceedances.

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Sensitive habitats where critical loads for acidification and eutrophication were exceeded: 1996 to 2008

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This publication covers the changes in the trends in nutrient nitrogen critical load exceedances, methodology and data.

Critical loads are thresholds above which certain pollutants cause significant harm to the environment through acidification and eutrophication (excessive freshwater algae growth due to nitrogen leading to lowered oxygen content). The pollutants come mainly from burning fossil fuels and waste from farm animals. Further information on critical loads can be found at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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Published 23 May 2011