Caring for the planet starts with the ground we walk on UN

Soil is a major carbon storage system, essential for sustainable agriculture and climate change mitigation, the United Nations agriculture agency said Tuesday, launching on World Soil Day a comprehensive global map showing the amount of carbon stocks contained in soil. “Soil is the foundation of agriculture , it is where food begins,” said Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “Maintaining the soil’s important functions and ecosystem services to support food production and increase resilience to a changing climate calls for sustainable soil management practices,” she added. Soil organic matter, with carbon as its main component, is crucial to soil health and fertility, water infiltration and retention as well as food production. The world’s soils act as the largest terrestrial carbon sink, reducing greenhouse gases. Intensifying its role could significantly offset the rapid rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In an historic decision on agriculture, the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (COP23 ) recognized the need for improved soil carbon, soil health and soil fertility.The Global Soil Organic Carbon Map, the most comprehensive to date, illustrates the amount of organic carbon stock in the first 30 cm of soil – revealing natural areas with high carbon storage that require conservation along with regions where further sequestration would be possible. This information can prove a powerful tool to guide decision-making on practices aimed to preserve and increase the current soil carbon stocks – helping win the fight against climate change. The map shows that globally the first 30 cm of soil contains around 680 billion tons of carbon – almost double the amount present in our atmosphere. The degradation of one third of the world’s soils has already prompted an enormous release of carbon into the atmosphere. Restoring these soils can remove up to 63 billion tons of carbon, significantly reducing the effects of climate change. FAO’s Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils supported the map’s development, including by putting together the national carbon maps of more than 100 countries, making a concrete contribution towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15, Life on Earth. The next step is for countries to monitor their national soil information systems for organic carbon levels to make evidence-based decisions on how to manage and monitor their soils. read more

CV Show gains international recognition for 2013

The 2013 Commercial Vehicle Show has received international recognition from the automotive industry’s global body, OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles). The international status reflects the global significance of the UK road transport industry and the success of the Show.OICA accredits a limited number of car and commercial vehicle exhibitions around the world, marking the event’s significance with regard to its role in the global automotive sector. The Birmingham show is now one of only eight specialist commercial vehicle exhibitions to be recognised by the industry body, alongside equivalent shows in Hanover and Amsterdam (RAI).The Commercial Vehicle Show is owned by the CV Show LLP, comprising the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and IRTE Services Ltd, the trading company of the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers).Commenting on the announcement, SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt said, “The CV Show is already the UK’s largest road transport event but with OICA’s accreditation, it is now recognised as one of the most influential and important events on the global calendar. This year’s Show has proved to be a resounding success and our new international status will help to build recognition of the important role of the UK road transport industry.”Geoff Dunning, Chief Executive of the RHA commented, “This recognition is a real boost for the CV Show, reflecting the growing interest in the UK market around the world. We already attract exhibitors from such countries as China and Turkey, and this additional exposure should extend our reach to an even wider market.”SOE Chief Executive Nick Jones echoes the reaction to the OICA announcement, saying, “OICA accreditation is most welcome and acknowledges the increasing importance of the CVShow. The CV Show’s new status is confirmation the UK is making a significant impact in this global industry, and the event has proven to be one of the key international commercial vehicle trade shows.”To find out more about the CV Show, go to www.cvshow.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more