World’s soils ‘under great pressure’, says UN pollution report

World’s soils ‘under great pressure’, says UN pollution report

Soils provide 95% of all food but are damaged by industrial, farming, mining and urban pollution

The world’s soils, which provide 95% of humanity’s food, are “under great pressure”, according to a UN report on soil pollution.

Soils are also the largest active store of carbon, after the oceans, and therefore crucial in fighting the climate crisis. But the report said industrial pollution, mining, farming and poor waste management are poisoning soils, with the “polluter pays” principle absent in many countries.

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