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
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
Tra il 2019 e il 2020 il numero di incendi e l’area bruciata hanno superato la media degli ultimi dodici anni. Foto: Pavel Koubek © European Union 2018 Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/eu_echo/42117320380

Here is the EU strategy against wildfires: plans, funds and soil protection

Wildfires threat 78 million Europeans. Climate and soil are crucial factors. EU proposes a new strategy to deal with the issue.
Forest coverage in Europe has grown 9% since 1990. Photo: Roman Boed Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Free for personal and commercial use Attribution requiredRoman Boed Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Free for personal and commercial use Attribution required

European forests are expanding. But their future is unwritten

Forests coverage in Europe has grown 9% since 1990. But fires and low corporate profitability are still unsolved issues
In tropical forests, soil microbes play a key role in the carbon cycle. Photo: Melany Klapper CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use. No attribution required.Melany Klapper CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use. No attribution required.

How the vicious circle between soil, microbes and climate change works

Soil microbes react to global warming by emitting more CO2. A study in a tropical area shows alarming data
Madrid is getting greener. The five Urban Forest projects have been approved. The concept? restoring the land and its ecosystems in a 75 km ring around the Spanish capital. Photo: Pixabay License- Free for commercial use, attribution not requiredPixabay License- Free for commercial use, attribution not required

Madrid launches its Urban Forest: a 75 km green ring

Urban forest getting started: the Spanish capital announces the winning projects The goal? To protect soil, climate and ecosystems
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.