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
Protecting the soil ecosystem contributes to human health, the WHO said recently. Photo: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Microbes and biodiversity. Here’s why a healthy soil is so important for human health

As soil allies, microbes are a resource for people' immune systems. Protecting biodiversity therefore means preserving our health.
Liz Chicaje Churay. Photo: Eliana López Pérez Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Eliana López Pérez Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Liz Chicaje Churay, twenty years of struggle for land and biodiversity

A long battle has led Liz Chicaje Churay to her most important goal: 868K hectares of Amazonia are now protected
In the first five months of 2021, deforestation lead to a 2,548 square kilometers loss for Brazilian Amazon. Photo: Lou Gold Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Lou Gold Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Deforestation increases 67% in Amazon’s darkest month

Deforestation is growing in Brazilian Amazon. With obvious effects on climate and the economy. And government's responses look controversial
Soil restoration is essential to prevent ecosystem collapse. Photo: Raquel Maia Arvelos/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Raquel Maia Arvelos/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Every $1 invested in soil restoration creates up to $30 in economic benefits, UN says

Soil restoration must be implemented on 2 billion hectares. Half of the area needs to recover by 2030 according to FAO and UNEP.
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Biodiversity like climate: “the EU should equip itself with ambitious and binding objectives”

The European Parliament approves a resolution to provide the Union with a "Paris Agreement" on plant and animal biodiversity. Agriculture and forestry considered strategic. In the text, also the request for an irreversible stop to glyphosate after 2022
Few data and one truth according to FAO: soil pollution is one of the most dangerous global threats. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution required

Soil pollution is responsible for 20% of agricultural productivity loss, FAO warns

New FAO report on global land pollution unveiled. The size of the problem is known, the lack of data weighs. Now is certainly time to act
Bialowieza in Poland is one of Europe's most famous primary forests. Photo: Merlin Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Merlin Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Europe’s primary forests are such a buried treasure. And we must protect them

A study by the EU Commission's JRC sheds a new light on Europe's primary forests. A gem we still know too little
Biodiversity and soil diversity are featured in FAO's book project. Image: FAO Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO)FAO Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO)

FAO launches soil biodiversity for kids

Ten stories to explain soil biodiversity. A new initiative by FAO raise awareness among children about the ecosystem's role.
In the Amazon, large-scale agriculture is reducing rainfall volumes and fueling surface warming. Photo: Sam Beebe Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Sam Beebe Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Amazon agricultural boom is speeding up climate change

Researchers' alarm: large-scale cultivation in the Amazon causes a decrease in rainfall and an increase in temperatures.