60-70% of soils in Europe are currently considered unhealthy. BENCHMARKS supports the European Commission on its mission to reach “75% of European soils as healthy or significantly improved by 2030” (SH&F mission).
Due to the damage to the Nord Stream gas lines in the Baltic Sea, an enormous amount of methane gas has been released into the atmosphere. The leak is estimated to be equal to the size of a whole year’s methane emissions of a country like Denmark or a city the size of Paris. The methane emissions are confirmed by ICOS ground-based observations from several stations in Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Observation satellites were not able to see the emission leaks, because the weather was cloudy.
With millions of plant and animal species living in different regions of the planet, biodiversity is a complex topic. Experts from all over the world thus need to be involved to assess the current state of biodiversity, related risks and opportunities for action.