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Peat clods cut to be used for horticulture and gardening. An activity that endangers the survival of the precious peat bogs. PHOTO: bernswaelz from a href = "https://pixabay.com/it/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=1263431"> Pixabay

The UK proposal: “No more peat for gardening”

Peatlands are essential carbon sinks. But conservation efforts are threatened by the use of peat for gardening and horticulture. In 2020, 2.3 million cubic meters were used in the United Kingdom. The Wildlife Trusts propose to definitively ban this practice
Pesticide contamination has been found on 87 percent of pears produced in Belgium, 74 percent of Spanish cherries, and 85 percent of Italian celery. Photo: pxhere Creative Commons CC0 Public domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution requiredpxhere Creative Commons CC0 Public domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

EU policy on pesticides is failing as contamination of fruits and vegetables grows

Over the past decade, European citizens' exposure to pesticides is increasing sharply with obvious health risks, NGOs from 60 countries have found. Study "contradict official claims that toxic pesticides use is declining and that food residue levels are under control."
UK pension funds reportedly invest £300 billion in companies linked to deforestation. Photo: Maher Najm Public Domain Mark 1.0Maher Najm Public Domain Mark 1.0

UK pension funds back deforestation with £300 billion investments

According to Make My Money Matter campaign, 20% of UK pension fund investments support companies involved in deforestation. A move that puts the future of the Planet and the very financial stability of operators at risk
The Rio Plátano reserve, in the region of La Mosquitia, Honduras, is one of the areas most affected by deforestation as a result of narcos activities. Photo: Marc Patry Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)Marc Patry Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)

Here is how narcos are destroying Honduras’ forests

In Honduras, drug traffickers are still driving deforestation. The problem affects the whole Central America. However, it is not only drug trafficking that fuels land destruction, say indigenous communities.
Between 1980 and 2000, the world lost more than a third of its mangroves. Photo: Pat Josse CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain DedicationPat Josse CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

Young Kenyans take care of the planet by restoring local mangroves

Mangroves are a valuable resource for climate mitigation and biodiversity protection. After losing a third of their stock in two decades, the world is called to regenerate these precious aquatic forests
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The power of community brings a Kenian forest back to life

Behind the rebirth of the Mirema forest is a community initiative that is now recognized as a best practice for the country. But also as a new sign of Africa's growing commitment to protecting its natural resources
La Ue ha sviluppato degli strumenti partecipativi per permettere alle diverse associazioni comunitarie di dare il proprio contributo in vista di una legge europea a tutela della salute del suolo.

European law on soil, full of proposals for the EU call

Almost 200 responses came from the various souls of European civil society to the consultation launched by the EU Commission in view of the future law to protect the soil. Among them, the suggestions and proposals of the Re Soil Foundation
Glyphosate poses a threat to human health, soil health and ecosystem preservation. Photo: Jo Zimny Photos Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Jo Zimny Photos Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Le Monde criticizes Bruxelles’ green light to glyphosate: ‘EU is ignoring scientists’ concerns’

According to the French newspaper, European experts do not take into account the studies certifying the health risks associated with glyphosate. Under the lens is the preliminary analysis of the Food Safety Authority that could lead the EU Commission to grant a new authorization to the use of the controversial herbicide
The U.S. crop feed industry uses more than 100,000 tons of pesticides annually. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Public Domain Mark 1.0 U.S. Department of Agriculture Public Domain Mark 1.0

The hidden cost of U.S. meat? 107K tons of pesticides, says The Independent

Negli Stati Uniti l’industria dei mangimi continua a fare ampio uso di pesticidi nelle colture di soia e grano per l’alimentazione animale. Nel mirino, rileva il quotidiano britannico, l’atrazina e il glifosato. Sostanze pericolose per l’uomo, gli animali e il suolo
Agriculture collects $520 billion of $1.8 trillion harmful subsidies tracked in the world every year. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution required

$1.8 trillion climate-damaging subsidies support agriculture and other industries

B Team's report: a huge mass of government subsidies promotes unsustainable production or emission-intensive consumption, harming nature and causing the degradation of global ecosystems. More than 500 million dollars support soil-damaging activities