Problem

Nitrates as pollutants

Nature:

Nitrates are used in chemical fertilizers. When applied to fields much of nitrates often filter through the soil to the water table where they contaminate the drinking supply. In rivers, streams, estuaries and seas nitrates encourage the proliferation of algae, which stifle other, more various plants and fish. Nitrates turn to nitrites in water and in human stomach and is suspected of causing stomach cancer and other diseases.

Narrower Problems:
Nitrate contamination of water
Values:
Pollution
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Date of last update
17.04.2019 – 14:55 CEST