Effects of Atmospheric Deposition on Biodiversity

Air pollutants such as sulfur, nitrogen, ozone and mercury have serious direct and indirect effects on organisms in our region. A synthesis of research findings, written by the Cary Institute and the Nature Conservancy, reports that no major ecosystem types in the Northeast are free of air pollution effects.

Many ecosystem types are subject to serious impacts that impede their function and affect the survival of sensitive species. Conservation organizations should realize that land preservation alone is not sufficient to protect ecosystems, and should consider air pollution threats to the ecosystems they are trying to protect.

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