Recent research has discovered that sixty per cent of the particulates polluting the air in the UK are from ammonia leaking from farms.
The substance is released from livestock manure and urine, as well as the overuse of synthetic nitrogen fertilisers. Once released, it drifts into cities and reacts with other air pollutants to form particulate matter, also known as PM2.5, which is the deadliest form of air pollution.
These particles, scientists calculate, cause £8 billion per year in health damage in the UK. Globally, 39 per cent of PM2.5 is derived from ammonia and results in £320 billion in health damage, according to the study, which was published in the journal Science.
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