Timothy Wise writes:
“As world leaders wrap up the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, new scientific research shows that there is still a great deal of magical thinking about the contribution of fertilizer to global warming.
“Philanthropist Bill Gates fed the retreat from science in his book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster earlier this year. ‘To me fertilizer is magical,’ he confesses, nitrogen fertilizer in particular. Under a photo of a beaming Gates in a Yara fertilizer distribution warehouse in Tanzania, he explains that "to grow crops, you want tons of nitrogen—way more than you would ever find in a natural setting [sic]…. But nitrogen makes climate change much worse."