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SOER Message (Deprecated) Soil — key message 3
Soil erosion by wind and water, largely the result of unsuitable land management, deforestation, overgrazing, construction activities and forest fires, affects around 17% of Europe’s land area. Erosion rates and extents are expected to continue to reflect changing patterns of land use and climate change.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Soil — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Soil — key message 4
Soil is being lost due to intensive soil sealing – about 4% of Europe’s total land area is sealed and the demand for urbanisation and transport infrastructure is rising. In addition, it is estimated that around 18% of agricultural soils are affected by compaction.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Soil — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Soil — key message 5
Industrialisation and poor management have left thousands of contaminated sites throughout Europe, resulting in human health impacts and environmental problems including groundwater contamination. While some countries have made significant progress, the identification and remediation of contaminated sites in many countries is patchy, with limited progress over the past five years.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Soil — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Soil — key message 6
Few countries have specific legislation to protect soil and there is no EU law or regulatory instrument that specifically addresses threats to it or requires the systematic collection of comparable data. The European Commission has published a strategy on soil protection, including legislative proposals, and further measures to support soil conservation within EU environmental and/or sectoral policies seem appropriate.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Soil — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
Publication Soil — SOER 2010 thematic assessment
Nearly all of the food and fibres used by humans are produced on soil. Soil is also essential for water and ecosystem health. It is second only to the oceans as a global carbon sink, with an important role in the potential slowing of climate change. Soil functions depend on a multitude of soil organisms which makes it an important part of our biodiversity. Nevertheless, soil in many parts of Europe is being over-exploited, degraded and irreversibly lost due to impacts from industrial activities and land use change, leading to soil sealing, contamination, erosion and loss of organic carbon. Due to these problems, legislation for the protection of soils has been proposed at EU level.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Thematic assessments
Article Soil — The forgotten resource
Located in Signals — Living in a changing climate Signals 2010
Figure Soil compaction in Europe
Degree and extent of soil compaction in Europe
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Data Soil contamination
The dataset on soil contamination contains information provided on a regular basis by EIONET countries on the following issues: Progress in the management of contaminated sites; Expenditure and estimated costs; Industrial and commercial branches responsible for local soil contamination; Main contaminants affecting soil and groundwater
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Data Soil contamination
The dataset on soil contamination contains information provided on a regular basis by EIONET countries on the following issues: Progress in the management of contaminated sites; Expenditure and estimated costs; Industrial and commercial branches responsible for local soil contamination; Main contaminants affecting soil and groundwater
Located in Data and maps Datasets
Figure Soil contamination by heavy metals
Concentration of Pb in topsoils (0-25cm)
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
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