The European Commission is considering the introduction of a carbon market to reward climate-friendly agricultural practices. Photo: Markus Winkler Pixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution requiredMarkus Winkler Pixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution required

EU Commission wants to reward farmers for their climate-friendly practices

Commission looks at new reward schemes for climate-friendly and sustainable farming practices with five sectors involved
The carbon great escape: Brazilian Amazon experienced a net loss of 670 million tons between 2010 and 2019. Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Neil Palmer/CIAT Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Brazilian Amazon is releasing more carbon than it stores

Between 2010 and 2019, the Brazilian forest emitted 4.45 billion tons of carbon dioxide while absorbing only 3.78
Russia is home to 640 billion trees and one-fifth of the Planet's forests. Photo: John Kopiski Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredJohn Kopiski Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not required

Climate-saving forests: Russia seeks credibility

For the CO2 market, Russia's forests are still an unexploited gold mine. Now the government wants to take on the opportunity.
Environmental DNA (eDNA) offers more clear benefits than traditional techniques for soil ecosystem analyse. Photo: U.S. Army, Jessica Vandrick Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)U.S. Army, Jessica Vandrick Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

eDNA discloses the secrets of soil and helps us to protect it

eDNA enables scientists to extend their analyses of soil and ecosystems beyond the limits of traditional indicators
Seed and seedling production in the United States is still inadequate to meet reforestation goals. Photo: Lance Cheung, USDA public domain https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/22021263075Lance Cheung, USDA public domain https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/22021263075

Seed shortage puts American reforestation at risk

United States are suffering from seed, seedling and workers shortage. As a result, a study warns, reforestation plans are not achievable
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Glyphosate-treated soils say goodbye to invertebrates

A research from Mexico: the use of the controversial pesticide reduces the concentration of macroinvertebrates thus depriving the soil of their ecosystem services.
The request by MEPs comes in response to a troubling picture: as of today, EU land in poor condition accounts for at least 60 percent of total arable land. Photo: CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 - Source: EP". (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Photo: CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 - Source: EP". (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

EU lawmakers call for Soil Directive

The Environment Committee of the Europarliament calls for a soil directive. Now it's up to the EU Commission. But time is running out
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Martina (FAO): “Produce better, consuming less. Agriculture must change model”

The FAO Deputy Director to Re Soil Foundation: "Sustainable land management is a turning point to ensure agricultural production and food sovereignty. I hope that the EU will soon change the directive on soils"
If foreign aid is made available Brazil will succeed in reducing Amazon deforestation by 30%-40%, says Environment Minister Ricardo Salles. Photo: Martha de Jong-Lantink Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Martha de Jong-Lantink Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Brazil will save the Amazon… as long as US and Norway pay for it

Minister Salles is asking for $1 billion from the international community to save the Amazon. But his country's position is controversial.
Microbes diversity in soil has a positive impact on carbon sequestration capacity. Photo: Alice Dohnalkova (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu) Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)Alice Dohnalkova (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu) Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

Microbes, soil and CO2: diversity is better

According to a U.S. study, a healthy soil with a wider diversity of microbes is capable of capturing more CO2