The portion of the Amazon Rainforest in Rondônia State is one of the areas being investigated for the role of microbes in soil emissions. Photo: Ben Sutherland Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Ben Sutherland Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

How deforestation triggers greenhouse gas emissions by soil microbes

Study reveals the role of microbes in driving methane release from soil. Deforestation plays against climate. But restoration strategies are useful
According to U.S. scientists, soil analysis could help predict forests' behavior in climate mitigation. Photo: Aiko, Thomas & Juliette+Isaac Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Photo: Aiko, Thomas & Juliette+Isaac Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Which are the best performing trees for climate mitigation? Soil tells us

Soil microbes influence trees' behavior and forests' impact on climate change, says a study by Indiana University.
The Marchwood incinerator near Southampton, UK. According to estimates, by 2035, waste-to-energy plants will be more carbon intensive than landfilling. One more reason to boost recycling. Photo: Peter Facey Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)Peter Facey Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

“Waste-to-energy is the dirtiest form of electricity production after coal”

In UK more than a tenth of waste meant for recycling is sent to incinerators. A Channel 4 investigation exposes the climate risks.
After many years of debate, FAO's Intergovernmental Technical Group on Soils has approved an official definition of healthy soil. PHOTO: FAO archive.FAO

What is healthy soil? FAO coins the official definition

The UN Agency's Intergovernmental Technical Group on Soils (ITPS) has defined healthy soil as "the ability to sustain productivity, diversity and environmental services of terrestrial ecosystems". A starting point for setting comparable indicators on sustainable land management
A farmer at work in Bangladesh. Also operating in Malawi and Burkina Faso, FAO's project in the Asian country aims to tackle micronutrient deficiencies in the soil that lead to so-called "hidden hunger". Photo: Ben Pederick, Good Morning Beautiful Films Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Photo: Ben Pederick, Good Morning Beautiful Films Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Fortified rice to tackle malnutrition: Bangladesh faces the micronutrient challenge

The Soils for Nutrition project goes ahead in Bangladesh. Three agriculture sites bet on fortified rice and best practises for land management
Products such as compost can increase fertility and carbon sequestration. But retention and emission levels depend on many factors. Photo: Falk Negrazius Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Photo: Falk Negrazius Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

More fertility, less emissions. A new project will identify the best mix for soil and climate

CREA center launches the SOMMIT project to identify the best trade-off between fertility, CO2 sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions.
Armenia, the capital of the department of Quindío. The reconversion of the city's arena is one of the many projects carried out in the country in order to preserve and promote biodiversity. Photo: young shanahan Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Photo: young shanahan Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

No more bullfighting: a Colombian arena becomes a biodiversity vehicle

From bullfighting to biodiversity. How a former Colombian bullring will be transformed into a garden. An awareness-raising project in a country that has already set an ambitious program for the protection of its native species
The EU EJP SOIL Programme aims to develop solutions for climate-smart management of agricultural soils. Photo: Smaack Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Smaack Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Ten EU research projects for soil and climate

EJP Soil, the joint EU research program on climate and soil, gets into action. From sustainable agriculture to CO2 sequestration, there is a wide range of issues to explore. The goal? Providing new solutions for Europe and the Planet.
The goal of the EU Mission is to ensure the health of 3/4 of Europe's soil by 2030. Photo: CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain DedicationCC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

Laws, innovations, agriculture: time to take care of EU soil with concrete measures

Presentation event for the EU Soil Mission. Against degradation and cementification we need best practices and political choices.
Recycling organic waste and returning it back to the soil is an essential strategy for the circular bioeconomy. Photo: Pixi.org CC0 Public Domain. Free for commercial use. No attribution requiredCC0 Public Domain. Free for commercial use. No attribution required

There’s no green transition without bioeconomy

ECBPI Manifesto unveiled. Here's why the circular bioeconomy is an opportunity for soil and the economy.