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40-times more plastic in soils than in waters

Overall, around 5,120 tons of the seven types of plastic are discharged into the environment each year. According to Empa's modelling, around 4,400 tons of macroplastic are deposited on soils every year. In addition, about 100 tons of macroplastic are emitted to waters. 600 tons of microplastics end up in or on soils and about 15 tons in waters. The amount of microplastics is thus much smaller tha...
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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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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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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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Irish emissions of three key air pollutants getting worse

Emissions of three of the five most noxious air pollutants, which are a threat to public health and/or the environment, increased in Ireland during 2016, according to latest figures published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Emissions of ammonia, nitrogen oxides and non-methane volatile organic compounds increased. These pollutants impact on air quality, cause respiratory problems ...
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