Soil Education and Sustainable Development

Publication Source: 
International journal Landscape
Publication type: 
Scientific Paper
Page Number: 
16-18
Year: 
2015
Authors: 
Shabbir A. Shahid
Abstract: 

Of eight planets in the solar system the Earth ranks fifth in size after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. It is also the third planet from the sun and is the only planet known to have an atmosphere containing free oxygen, oceans of water on its surface, and life. Over centuries over exploitation of the planet resources has shrunk it to an unprecedented level and there is a growing concern that over years it may not be able to provide sufficient food to meet human demand and to provide ecosystem services (food, feed, fiber, plants biodiversity, living organisms and habitats, raw material, nutrient cycling, water storage, buffering for pollutants, climate change mitigation and beautiful landscapes.)