In the NOVASOIL project blog we have often talked about what is meant by healthy soil. Despite society’s lack of knowledge about it, we can assure you that it is one of the most complex natural resources and that it performs a multitude of functions.
As we have seen, soils are made up of a variety of natural compounds. When these levels exceed natural values due to various human activities such as spills, fuel burning, agricultural practices and others, the soil is considered to be contaminated.
Officially, contaminated soil is defined as “soil containing contaminating elements in concentrations or quantities that pose a risk to human health or the environment” (Directive 2006/21/EC on the management of waste from extractive industries).
Soil contamination is a global problem that affects both natural ecosystems and human health. Understanding the causes of this problem is essential if it is to be tackled effectively. Here we look at some of the main causes of soil contamination:
There are many policies and practices that can help clean up contaminated land and restore the health of our environment. Here are some key actions we can take:
The European Union is proposing to achieve “zero pollution” of air, water and soil by 2050. In his speech, Frans Timmermans (2021) underlined the importance of protecting citizens’ health and stressed that clean air or soil should not be considered a luxury. He also mentioned the cooperation with Member States, the progress made during the pandemic to improve air quality and the success of the legislation on single-use plastics. The speech underlines the need to implement these goals and overcome the obstacles to a cleaner and healthier environment.
In order to achieve these goals, the following key points are highlighted:
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