Agriculture replaces fossil fuels as largest human source of sulfur in the environment

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New research identifies fertilizer and pesticide applications to croplands as the largest source of sulfur in the environment — up to 10 times higher than the peak sulfur load seen in the second half of the 20th century, during the days of acid rain.

Associated journal article: Eve-Lyn S. Hinckley, John T. Crawford, Habibollah Fakhraei, Charles T. Driscoll. A shift in sulfur-cycle manipulation from atmospheric emissions to agricultural additionsNature Geoscience, 2020; DOI: 10.1038/s41561-020-0620-3

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