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Using Phosphorus Sustainably

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by Tim Willmott : Be the first to leave a comment

A new report from the European Commission, written and edited by the Science Communication Unit, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, highlights how we are facing a critical phosphorus challenge, as developments in industry, agriculture, waste handling and lifestyle have massively reduced the capacity for this important element to be cycled effectively by society and the environment via natural geological processes.

The major source of phosphorus used in fertiliser is phosphate rock, which we mine in vast quantities, more than can be replaced by the slow geological cycle.

This In-depth Report examines scientific knowledge on the phosphorus challenge and recent research into the sustainable use of the element.
To download the report: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/IR7.pdf

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