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Ticking timebomb: When will the world's natural resources run out?

Lovemoney Logo By Charlotte Irwin of Lovemoney | Slide 4 of 13: When we think about natural resources, most people don't think of phosphorus. However, without this element we would not be able to survive as it is necessary for plants to grow, and even for the creation of DNA and bones. But modern farming and reliance on fertilizers has led to overextraction of the element from rocks and the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative has predicted that we only have 50 to 100 years before we run out.

Phosphorus – 50-100 years

When we think about natural resources, most people don't think of phosphorus. However, without this element we would not be able to survive as it is necessary for plants to grow, and even for the creation of DNA and bones. But modern farming and reliance on fertilizers has led to overextraction of the element from rocks and the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative has predicted that we only have 50 to 100 years before we run out.
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