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As if we didn't have enough to worry about, the NY Times points out that carbon isn't the only chemical element playing a role in environmental change. Nitrogen apparently has a huge impact on the health of the planet.

The article goes on to explain that although nitrogen is necessary to life, too much of it (from over-fertilisation of crops for one thing) upsets the balance in waterways, causing such things as the uncontrollable algal bloom recently seen in China. 

The article quotes several recent reports noting the dangers of nitrogen damage that call it "the missing greenhouse gas" and "more complicated than carbon". I guess no one said it was going to be easy ...