Numbers compiled by NASA show that in the U.S. Midwest., corn fields with low tillage levels have a 3.3% higher yield. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not required

NASA takes care of soil protection for farmers’ sake

NASA satellite data helps American farmers to choose the best practices to protect soil and its productivity.
A protest in front of Brazil's consulate in San Francisco, USA, in 2019. Campaigners' demands on President Jair Bolsonaro have been joined by large investors' pressure. Photo: Peg Hunter Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)Peg Hunter Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Financial firms put pressure on Bolsonaro: “Brazil must save the Amazon”

A large group of investment funds asks Brazil for more commitment to the protection of its forests. FT: "It's time to give a signal".
Riau, Indonesia. In the Asian nation, illicit timber trade is estimated to account for 40 % of the market. Photo: Romain Pirard/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Romain Pirard/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

FAO launches a new digital tool to fight timber predators

A web tool to defend forests from timber predators will help UN organization to tackle a $100 billion business
In Madison, Wisconsin, scientists measured trees ability to lower temperatures. Photo: Pixabay License. Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredPixabay License. Free for commercial use Attribution not required

Trees (not air conditioning) will save cities from burning weather

Trees are "the most effective technology" in countering extreme temperatures according to figures from an American study
Tibet, China. Desertification is heavily threatening Central Asia. Photo: Christopher Michel Attribution 2.0 General (CC BY 2.0)Christopher Michel Attribution 2.0 General (CC BY 2.0)

Anti-desertification Chinese sea buckthorn brings a new hope for Asia

Half a century of care to regenerate 50 square kilometers of arid land in Tibet. This is how a resilient plant has beaten desertification
The consequences of wildfires on soil condition and water availability are felt for many years even after flames are extinguished. Photo: Anthony Citrano Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Anthony Citrano Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Wildfires cause long-term damages to soil. A couple of lessons from the US and Europe

NYT: wildfires cause huge costs (0.7% US GDP) and long-term damage to water and soil. The solution? Protect land and climate
Cotton decomposes much faster in soil than synthetic fibers such as polyester. Photo: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

Australian cotton industry seeks to turn clothes into climate-friendly soil ameliorants

A project to make cotton a resource for soil. A useful solution for a country still wasting 85% of its used clothing
Food waste use is essential for compost production. Photo: Max Pixel CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use Link referral required https://www.maxpixel.net/Ecology-Waste-Fertilizer-Compost-Garden-Nature-6053136Max Pixel CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use Link referral required https://www.maxpixel.net/Ecology-Waste-Fertilizer-Compost-Garden-Nature-6053136

US compost industry could get $2 bn brand new government funds

A bill seeks to unlock $200 million federal funds per year for 10 years to support compost producers in the United States.
Agriculture, carbon farming and soil management are some of the issues covered by Fit for 55, the emission reduction plan adopted by the EU Commission. Photo: Pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution requiredPxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

Soil and agriculture will play a crucial role in the EU plan “Fit for 55”

The Fit for 55 agenda also includes 'agriculture. The sector is contributing to climate change. But it offers more solutions than problems.
An app developed in Ireland provides a multi-level soil diagnosis. Photo: Pxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCAPxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCA

How’s your soil doing? Ask this Irish app

The app allows you to analyze the health of your soil and suggests how to manage it. An example of technology applied to soil protection.