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.
A new report "Hunger Report 2014", by the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB), reveals a record number of Ontarians are accessing food banks for the 1st time.
The report includes a feature on the Working Poor.
- Nearly 375,000 visits each month
- More than 1/3 are children
- 1.7 million jobs in Ontario are considered insecure
- Largest groups who use food banks are women, children, single parent families and individuals who require social assistance and rental tenants.
(Source: CTV Ottawa)