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EPA launches next generation Pollution Impact Potential maps

EPA launches next generation Pollution Impact Potential maps Pollutant Impact Potential (PIP) maps for Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorus (P) have been generated to show the highest risk areas in the landscape for losses of N and P to waters. These maps, including flow paths and delivery points, do not indicate specific areas that have a problem, and they are not designed or suitable to be used on their...
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EU’s soil strategy to unveil dedicated legislative proposal in 2023

Commission’s soil strategy to unveil dedicated legislative proposal in 2023 The European soil strategy commits to unveil a dedicated legislative proposal to tackle soil degradation in a harmonised way – but not until 2023, according to a leaked draft.  The new EU soil strategy for 2030, which was launched on 17 November will offer an overarching policy framework for soil restoration to assess the...
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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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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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Plans for Japanese knotweed facility near Ballyhaunis rejected by An Bord Pleanala

An Bord Pleanala has rejected plans for a Japanese knotweed facility near Ballyhaunis. A company called Pollution & Construction Solutions Ltd - trading as The Japanese Knotweed Company - had applied for permission for a recovery facility for soil and stone waste, including soils containing Japanese knotweed, at a disused quarry at Hazelhill / Drumbaun on the outskirts of Ballyhaunis. Ma...
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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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Problem with farming based around oil, not soil – report

The word “climate” makes most of us look up to the sky – however, the IPCC’s new special report on climate change and land should make us all look under our feet.  Land, the report shows, is intimately linked to the climate. Changes in land use result in changes to the climate, and vice versa. In other words, what we do to our soils, we do to our climate – and ourselves. The first ...
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