Peatlands store one-third of the organic carbon in global soils. Photo: Brian Nelson CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 GenericBrian Nelson CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

In peatlands, climate change supports the degradation of organic carbon

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An experiment shows that in peatlands all organic soil components decompose more rapidly when temperatures are higher
Subsidence, or the lowering of the land surface due to the removal of material from underground, impacts 25 percent of the Planet's population. Photo: David Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 GenericPhoto: David Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

Land subsidence threatens 2 billion people

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Subsidence, or the lowering of the land surface due to the removal of material from underground, impacts 25 percent of the Planet's population, U.S. researchers have found
The effects of soil desiccation cracking promoted by drought are an example of the feedback loop between climate change and soil. Photo: Christopher Michel CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericChristopher Michel CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Soil releases more GHGs than expected as drought plays a crucial role

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A U.S. study hypothesizes the existence of an "amplifying cycle" involving drought, soil desiccation and CO2 emissions. A mechanism that climate models do not seem to take into account
EPA researchers are testing biochar on the grounds of the Salt Chuck Mine,a former mine located on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska. Photo: Jsayre64 CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 UnportedJsayre64 CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

Alaska researchers use biochar to decontaminate soil from copper

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Researchers want to exploit biochar's ability to absorb heavy metals. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently at work on the soils of a former mine
Per comprendere l’effetto del clima sui microbi i ricercatori hanno esaminato una prateria subartica in Islanda soggetta, da oltre mezzo secolo, al riscaldamento geotermico. Foto: Christina Kaiser Universität Wien Press ReleaseChristina Kaiser Universität Wien Press Release

Diversity of soil microbes increases with climate change

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A study from the University of Vienna brings new insights into the microbiome-climate cycle in the soil. Higher temperatures activate dormant bacteria, scientists explain
Bacteria were detected in soils of the Franz Joseph Land archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Photo: Wofratz CC BY-SA 2.5 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 GenericPhoto: Wofratz CC BY-SA 2.5 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic

Cold-resistant bacteria can degrade oil in the Arctic

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The Russian study: some bacteria decompose biopolymers and hydrocarbons and convert phosphates into soluble forms. In this way they contribute to the decontamination of permafrost
In eastern U.S. forests, trees cool the land surface by 1-2°C per year compared to nearby grasslands and agricultural fields. Photo: Miguel.v CC0 1.0 DEED CC0 1.0 UniversalMiguel.v CC0 1.0 DEED CC0 1.0 Universal

Reforestation curbed climate change in the eastern U.S.

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Reforestation that began in the 1930s was able to mitigate the effect of climate, explains an Indiana University study. Trees cooled the eastern U.S. while the rest of the country became warmer
Summer soil moisture increased in 57 percent of the continental United States between 2011 and 2020. Photo: Carl Wycoff CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericCarl Wycoff CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Soil moisture rises despite climate change

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Precipitation, not temperature, explains soil moisture trends, a Harvard University study has found. It is critical to improve forecasts of long-term changes in rainfall in response to climate change
Scientists have long studied the ability of legumes to fix nitrogen in the soil. Photo: pfeifferichard0 free to use Pixabay Content licensepfeifferichard0 free to use Pixabay Content license

Legumes can offer a solution for sustainable agriculture

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Crucial is the ability of legumes to fix nitrogen, an essential element for ensuring soil productivity. In Cambridge, a team of researchers is studying this dynamic to understand how to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers
The initiative targets multiple soil professionals from Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Spain and France. Photo: PREPSOILprepsoil

Prepsoil survey reveals knowledge of soil health among stakeholders

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There is time until Feb. 29 to participate in the soil health knowledge survey launched by PREPSOIL, the project funded by the Horizon Europe program