Our phosphorus future: towards global phosphorus sustainability

Brownlie, Will J.; Sutton, Mark A. ORCID:; Heal, Kate V.; Reay, Dave S.; Spears, Bryan ORCID:, eds. 2022 Our phosphorus future: towards global phosphorus sustainability. Edinburgh, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 371pp. (INMS Report no. 2022/01)

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Global food security remains threatened as many farmers struggle to afford sufficient phosphorus fertiliser for their crops. Meanwhile, overuse of fertilisers and sewage pollution pump millions of tonnes of phosphorus into lakes and rivers each year, damaging biodiversity and affecting water quality. This report is a comprehensive global analysis of the challenges and possible solutions to the phosphorus crisis. The report calls on governments across the world to adopt a '50, 50, 50' goal: a 50 per cent reduction in global pollution of phosphorus and a 50 per cent increase in recycling of the nutrient by the year 2050. The report has been written by a team of 40 international experts from 17 countries led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) and the University of Edinburgh.

Item Type: Publication - Report
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects (Science Area 2017-)
Water Resources (Science Area 2017-)
ISBN: 9781906698799
Funders/Sponsors: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Global Environment Facility (GEF), European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP)
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Freely available via Official URL link.
NORA Subject Terms: Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 24 Aug 2022 16:21 +0 (UTC)

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