The University of Toronto Library is a subscriber to Archive-It, a service created by the Internet Archive.
Canadian content was purchased from the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and combined with the UofT Archive-IT site to create an archive of Government of Canada websites.
(Source: Webcast recording and the presentation slides of the Government Information Day (Nov. 1, 2013), available at the Government Information Day Website, session 1: Sam-chin Li)
This item first appeared on the MADGICal Web on January 13, 2014.
Life and soil protection is a 2014 report, published as part of the European Union Collection.
Soil is linked to everything around us. However, we still are not aware of its importance for life and the economy. Soils provide vital ecosystem functions, playing an important role in food production, the water cycle and the provision of renewable materials, such as timber.
Their carbon storage capacity is essential to the fight against climate change and soil biodiversity is vital to soil fertility and wider biodiversity. Soil is also a finite resource, meaning that once it is degraded, it is lost for future generations. The unsustainable use of soil threatens both the quality and quantity of Europe's soil stocks with major ramifications for important concerns such as food security (up to 80% of land lost to urban sprawl in recent years has been agricultural land).
The importance of soil sustainability is highlighted in the European Commission's Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection, suggesting a common and coherent European approach and the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe.
This interactive map, still in Beta, has been produced by National Geographic and allows the user to add layers to the interface that deals with the environment, agriculture, human conditions, political boundaries, water, economy and energy. Data is available for world countries.
Read this article, posted on National Geographic's blog, that shows an example of how to use the map.