Sunday, July 23, 2017

This is why an international agreement is vitally important.


The State Key (click here) Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture was established on the Laboratory of Material Cycling in Pedosphere, Chinese Academy of Sciences, which was established and ratified in 1987 and has been kept open ever since....

Kindly note the serious language of a problem sincerely of concern to China.

...The laboratory is mainly oriented towards studying: 1) evolution of soil resources under intensive human activities and strategies for prevention of their degradation, establishment of a soil resources information system and realization of digital management of the soil resources; 2) soil nutrient supply and principles for and approaches to regulating plant nutrition, set-up a technical system for agricultural cleaner production high in efficient utilization of water and fertilizer; 3) soil pollution and theories and technologies for remediation of polluted soils to ensure soil environment quality; and 4) relations between soil use and environmental changes to explore models for harmonized development of the agriculture and environment...

On 22 June 2017, (click here) Chinese legislators released draft proposals to combat soil pollution in China at a bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The legislation complements the State Council’s ambitious plan to address soil pollution – an area not specifically covered by Chinese environmental law at present. Both  the Council’s plan and the corresponding draft legislation are a response to a series of highly publicised incidents, including one in Jiangsu Province where nearly 500 school students fell ill after exposure to contaminated soil. These incidents have focused public attention on the issue of soil contamination, which had previously received little attention due to the more obvious air pollution issues in Chinese cities.