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Soil Scientist shares German Environment Prize

German soil scientist Ingrid Kögel-Knabner and eco-entrepreneur Reinhard Schneider picked up the 2019 German Environment Prize at a ceremony in Mannheim on Sunday.  They share the €500,000 ($554,000) in prize money from the highest endowed environmental prize in Europe, which was presented to them by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Alexander Bonde, secretary-general of the Ger...
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Study identifies way to enhance the sustainability of manufactured soils

A combination of waste materials supplemented with a product of biomass could help in the search for high quality soils, a new study suggests.  Soil degradation is posing a huge threat to global food security and every year, around 12 million hectares of cropland are lost to soil erosion. Scientists from the University of Plymouth have demonstrated that adding biochar - a solid, carbon-rich mater...
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Linking soil microbial diversity to soil processes – new technique

Long ago, during the European Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci wrote that we humans "know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot." Five hundred years and innumerable technological and scientific advances later, his sentiment still holds true.  But that could soon change. In a report published in Nature Communications a team of scientists from the Department of Ene...
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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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Soil and Groundwater remediation procedures – In-Situ Remediation vs Ex-Situ Remediation vs Mass Transfer

Because of the vast number of polluted sites requiring cleaning, choosing the most effective, ecological and cost-efficient cleaning technology and method makes a big difference on a global scale” — Miiro Jääskeläinen Societies need to move forward with soil and groundwater remediation procedures. In-situ remediation and site specific risk assessment procedures will greatly increase ecologi...
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How tiny plastic particles are polluting our soil

The millions of tons of plastic swirling around the world’s oceans have garnered a lot of media attention recently. But plastic pollution arguably poses a bigger threat to the plants and animals – including humans – who are based on land. Very little of the plastic we discard every day is recycled or incinerated in waste-to-energy facilities. Much of it ends up in landfills, where it may take u...
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Soil Recovery Waste Acceptance Criteria – EPA Draft Guidance Note

In December 2017, the EPA issued a draft Guidance Note on Soil Recovery Waste Acceptance Criteria. This guidance document applies to soil recovery facilities which exceed the operational thresholds for waste facility permits as set out in the Third Schedule of the Waste Management (Facility Permit and Registration) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 821 of 2007) as amended. Facilities that exceed these th...
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Soil and Groundwater Assessment

Verde Environmental Consultants undertaking soil and groundwater assessment near the Boyne Viaduct. Designed by civil engineer, Sir John MacNeill, the Boyne Viaduct was completed in 1855.
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Environmental Consulting explained

What is Environmental Consulting? Environmental consulting is often a form of compliance consulting, in which the consultant ensures that the client maintains an appropriate measure of compliance with environmental regulations. Environmental consultants work in a very wide variety of fields. Whether it be providing construction services such as hazard Assessments  or conducting environmental d...
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