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.
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.
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.