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Soil, Land and Climate Change – EEA Article

Climate change has a major impact on soil, and changes in land use and soil can either accelerate or slow down climate change. Without healthier soils and a sustainable land and soil management, we cannot tackle the climate crisis, produce enough food and adapt to a changing climate. The answer might lie in preserving and restoring key ecosystems and letting nature capture carbon from the atmosphe...
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Land and soil in Europe – EEA Signals Report 2019

Land and soil underpin life on our planet. The way we currently use these vital and finite resources in Europe is not sustainable. Human activities — growing cities and infrastructure networks, intensive agriculture, pollutants and greenhouse gases released to the environment — transform Europe’s landscapes and exert increasing pressure on land and soil. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) Sig...
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Recycling nutrient-rich industrial waste products enhances soil

Recycling biotechnology byproducts can enhance soil health while reducing carbon emissions and maintaining crop yields.  A recent paper in Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment examines the possible benefits of a new kind of crop fertilizer.  Researchers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, along with collaborators from DuPont, USDA, MetCorps, and Oklahoma State Universi...
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EU Regulations governing Soil Pollution

Regulations governing liability for soil pollution (including the allocation, transfer and limitation of liability): Soil pollution is not comprehensively regulated at EU level. The protection and sustainable use of soil is regulated in measures, resulting in mainly indirect protection of soil – for example, through environmental policies on waste, water, chemicals, industrial pollution prevent...
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Strong growth prospects in soil treatment and water quality monitoring find reports

The bioremediation, wider soil treatment, arsenic removal and water monitoring markets are all forecast to grow strongly to 2025, say market analysts. The first of these reports, by Research and Markets, focuses on the Bioremediation Technology & Services in global markets especially in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East and Africa. It adds that the technology ...
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Scientists create “fabricated” soils

New ways of making custom soil from waste could help solve food security problems with degraded soil a growing problem. Scientists are working on how to make soil from waste material as a way to help ensure global food security.  Researchers at the University of Plymouth are working with Cornwall’s Eden Project to explore how recycled and waste material could be transformed and reused in agricu...
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EU committed to remediation of contaminated sites – #World Soil Day.

Soil is a fundamental natural resource that influences numerous policy areas. It is not only vital for a healthy environment but also essential to agriculture, and indeed the entire food sector. Without it, Europe's sustainable bioeconomy will not be able to grow. Being soil aware will also help regenerate formerly polluted sites, creating jobs and growth and helping to ensure that this precious r...
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#World Soil Day. Soil is important element of the climate system.

Soil is an important — and often neglected — element of the climate system. It is the second largest carbon store, or ‘sink’, after the oceans. Depending on the region, climate change might result in more carbon being stored in plants and soil due to vegetation growth, or more carbon being released into the atmosphere. Restoring key ecosystems on land, and a sustainable use of the land in urban an...
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Proposed Analytical Assessment Framework for European Land Systems – EEA

Land and soil provide vital resources to society such as food, feed, fuel, fibres and shelter. They also provide ecosystem services that support production functions, regulate the risk of natural hazards, and provide cultural and spiritual benefits. By using land, society alters and modifies the quantity and quality of these services, and the intrinsic potential for land benefits to mankind. To be...
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Improving soil quality could slow climate change, says study

Improved soil quality could be the key to slowing down the impacts of climate change, a new study has found.  The study from UC Berkeley found that more carbon could be sequestrated in the soil by incorporating low-tech agricultural management practices such as planting cover crops, optimizing grazing and sowing legumes. Soil has the ability to store between 1.5 to 5.5 billion tonnes of carbon ...
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