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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
Figure Soil contamination by heavy metals
Concentration of Pb in topsoils (0-25cm)
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Figure Soil erosion: probable problem areas in Europe
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Highlight chemical/x-mdl-rdfile Soil protection critical for Europe's economy and ecosystems
Soil is one of the planet's invaluable resources but continues to be degraded in Europe. Together, the mineral particles, water, air, organic matter, and living organisms that constitute soil perform key functions which underpin our society.
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Figure Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina National Park - anthropic pressures
Artificial and agricultural changes in and around the National Park
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Figure The dominant landscape types of Europe
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Eyewitness story The Forest Rights Act — empowering the powerless
Located in Signals — well-being and the environment Signals 2011 Eyewitness stories
Figure The Green Background of Europe
Conceptual grouping of CORILIS layers to approach european green areas (10 km radius)
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Figure The nitrogen cycle
Global scheme of nitrogen cycle, showing major nitrogen reservoirs (atmosphere, soil and living organisms), major processes (nitrification, denitrification, nitrogen fixation, assimilation etc.) and actors (plants, animals, bacteria, human beings).
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Figure The transfers of land between agriculture and forest and semi-natural cover types across Europe
This maps shows the deviation from average of the conversion between forest and seminatural areas to agriculture (1990-2000), represented by NUTSX (NUTS3, NUTS2 mainly, NUTS0 in a few cases
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