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Wetter weather could increase river pollution

Wetter winters in the future could increase agricultural pollution in Britain's rivers, say scientists.

A research team from Lancaster University concluded that increased, more intensive winter rainfall is likely to wash more fertiliser out of soil and into rivers.

This could artificially nourish plants, including toxic algae.

The research team is now embarking on a project to help predict and ultimately mitigate agricultural pollution.

Here, lead researcher Prof Philip Haygarth explains how this project aims to reduce the pollution in our rivers in the future.

  • 24 Mar 2014
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