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Soil contamination: the unsettling legacy of industrialisation

Soil contamination is an issue that is strongly linked to our common past and part of the story of how Europe first became the industrial and later the environmental frontrunner in the world.  The European Environment Agency talked to Mark Kibblewhite, Emeritus Professor at Cranfield University, United Kingdom, and one of Europe’s leading soil experts, to better understand the issue of soil contam...
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Analyzing Soil Pollution with EPR

Soil pollution is a direct result of agricultural, industrial, and societal growth. A lot of the common pollutants can be identified with EPR (Electron Paramagnetic Resonance), leading to measures to control their distribution and help in clean-up strategies.  EPR in a Nutshell Typical soil pollutants are due to industrial waste, including radioactive materials, cytotoxic chemicals, poisonous gas...
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Beckham’s New Stadium Site highlights the importance of Environmental Due Diligence and Soil Waste Classification

Ever since retired soccer star David Beckham and his new partners, Jorge and Jose Mas, abruptly abandoned their Overtown stadium plans and pivoted to the Melreese Country Club near Miami International Airport, skeptics have piled on about potential hangups: the traffic, the loss of a city-owned golf course, the last-minute proposal that could hand the Mas brothers a profit bonanza.  But virtually ...
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Scientist uses bacteria to clean contaminated soil

Findings in environmental science are rarely applied commercially. Ray Sambrotto, a microbiologist and associate professor at Columbia University's Lamont- Doherty Earth Observatory co-founded Allied Microbiota with Frana James, drawing on five years of exploratory research to identify microbes capable of remediating contaminated soil to address the legacy of environmental pollutants. Contaminated...
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How soil contamination is affecting our food and putting our health at risk – a new FAO report

There are approximately 3 million potentially polluted sites in the European Economic Area and the West Balkans. Soil pollution poses a worrisome threat to agricultural productivity, food safety, and human health, but far too little is known about the scale and severity of that threat, warns a new FAO report released on 2nd May in Rome.  Industrialization, war, mining and the intensification o...
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