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EU Commission adopts EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil”

EU Commission adopts EU Action Plan: "Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil" The European Commission adopted the EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” today – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal and the main topic of this year's EU Green Week. It sets out an integrated vision for 2050: a world where pollution is reduced to levels that are no longer har...
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Commission consults on new EU Soil Strategy

Commission consults on new EU Soil Strategy The European Commission has launched an online public consultation on the development of a new EU Soil Strategy. This is the last of a set of public consultations on different ecosystems delivering on the specific commitments in the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030. Healthy soils produce our food and raw materials, clean our drinking water, reduce flo...
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Excavated soils: The biggest source of waste you’ve never heard of

Excavated soils: The biggest source of waste you’ve never heard of Soils extracted from construction sites are by far the biggest source of waste produced in Europe every year – five times the amount of household waste – yet governments are turning a blind eye to the issue.  Most people tend to associate waste with household trash piling up in the streets or in landfills. Yet, according to Eu...
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EU Soil Observatory launched to monitor trends of soil health in Europe

EU Soil Observatory launched to monitor trends of soil health in Europe Within the proposed Horizon EU mission in the area of soil health and food - entitled ‘Caring for soil is caring for life' - the ambitious goal is being considered of ‘ensuring that 75% of soils are healthy by 2030 and are able to provide essential ecosystem services'.   It is also in line with the European Green Deal's ambit...
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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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