Daily Archives: June 1, 2016

MPs sound alarm on neglected soils – BBC News

By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst

Image copyright John Boardman Image caption A large gully opens up in a potato field, post-harvest

Ministers are failing to protect Britain’s soils on farmland and in cities, MPs say.

The Commons Environmental Audit Committee warns that tracts of polluted soil are a potential health hazard in many towns because the government has stopped grants to decontaminate them.

And agricultural carbon emissions are said to be growing because careless farming allows soil to blow away.

The government said it was protecting soils, but would review the new report.

The committee says soil is a Cinderella subject – little mentioned but vital for food and flood prevention.

Soil also stores carbon in the form of organic matter – but if soil is handled badly, this carbon can escape to the air, contributing to climate change.

Climate connection

The MPs say to meet the UK’s promises on the climate, the government needs a clear plan for protecting agricultural soil.

They complain that the government relies on soil protection rules linked to farm subsidies.

Food-Matters
Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Beam me up — NASA experiments with inflatable nodules

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Obama on student debt, balancing STEM and humanities

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As 1,000 Migrants Drown Under European Policies, Meet the Volunteers Who Are Trying to Save Lives


Democracy Now!

Published on Jun 1, 2016

http://democracynow.org – Up to 1,000 refugees are feared to have drowned in recent days while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The United Nations say this marks one of the highest weekly death tolls since the migrant crisis began in 2014. UNICEF says many of the victims were youth fleeing war and violence in their home countries. The majority of the refugees were from Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan. Under a European Union plan enacted in April, all refugees arriving in Greece are deported back to Turkey, forcing people to attempt the more dangerous route between Libya and Italy. On Monday, a photo of a German volunteer from the group Sea-Watch holding the body of a drowned child became the latest symbol of the migration crisis. We speak with Ruben Neugebauer, crew member and spokesperson for Sea-Watch, a German volunteer group that was formed to help migrants stranded at sea.

Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics

Patty Lovera on Monsanto Protests

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world took to the streets last weekend in protest of Monsanto, the corporate giant that’s one of the Big 6 that dominate the world’s seed, pesticide and biotechnology industries. Their anger had to do with much more than labeling of genetically engineered food. We’ll hear about that from Patty Lovera, the assistant director of Food & Water Watch.

Food-Matters
Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice