One third of the Earth's soil is acutely degraded (United Nations, 2017), fertile soil is being lost at a rate of 24bn tonnes a year, and many modern practices are making it worse. Soil is also an important and often neglected element of the climate system, and is the second largest carbon store after the oceans.
Much of the earth's now degraded lands were once relatively lush. In the now degraded lands of central Australia the explorer Charles Sturt saw 'grassy plains spreading out like a boundless stubble field, the grass being of the kind from which the natives collect seed for subsistence at this season of the year' (extracted from his Journal). However there are practical ways to reverse land degradation and at the same time improve farm profitability and combat climate change.
Earthling Group has developed a systematic, commercially viable approach to enrich our soils, reverse soil degradation, create drought resistance and combat climate change. The techniques we have developed and apply, including our soil enrichment process SoilSpark , and our land regeneration process RegenR8 recognise that a healthy soil is not just a storage place for minerals, but it is a living organism complete with its own biota, organic matter, fungi, bacteria, structure and minerals. We have found not only that embracing soil as a living organism can mitigate toxins and reduce the need for fertiliser, pesticides and herbicides, but it improves biodiversity, helps restore a thriving ecosystem or crop as the need may require, and in agricultural applications provides a net commercial benefit.
Our work is predominantly in Australia, where we help farmers and land managers restore healthy thriving, productive environments, and industries to address risks to the environment and human health. Our services include land management to restore degraded agricultural land, management and cost effective remediation of land impacted by contamination. We also provide services in rectifying other land management issues such as hydrophobic soilis, sodicity, acid sulfate and fungal infestation. For further information or a discussion about how we may assist you, please contact us.
Shooting Range Contamination
It is generally not front-of-mind when shooting is the topic of conversation, however lead and other toxic materials are used as predominant materials in projectiles, and these materials require management. Further, whilst shooting can be a sensitive topic, it is an activity that by all accounts will prevail. In many countries shooting as a pastime has increasing popularity, and we have not yet made any substantive progress towards a world that doesn't need weapons for peacekeeping and law enforcement.
Due to most shooting facilities being volunteer run clubs with little funding and there being a relatively high cost associated with managing heavy metals contamination, the shooting industry and authorities often have difficulty applying appropriate controls to manage shooting range contamination.
In conjunction with our partners 1000 Yards and Ground Corp, Earthling Group has developed robust, pragmatic technologies to assess and manage shooting range contamination, including our EcoShield heavy metals treatment process we have developed in conjunction with CRC CARE. EcoShield offers a cost effective way to manage human health and environmental risks associated with shooting range contamination.
We have been involved in the management of contamination on over 30 shooting ranges and have been instrumental in developing exemplar facilities such as the 2018 Commonwealth Games facility, and in the development of the most current regulatory guidelines for the industry. We continue to develop these technologies to assist with other applications.
Before treatment: Clay target fallout zone. High lead leachability. Significant erosion.
After treatment: Clay target fallout zone.
>90% reduction in lead leachability. Soil stabilisation and water management.