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In Madison, Wisconsin, scientists measured trees ability to lower temperatures. Photo: Pixabay License. Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredPixabay License. Free for commercial use Attribution not required

Trees (not air conditioning) will save cities from burning weather

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Trees are "the most effective technology" in countering extreme temperatures according to figures from an American study
Tibet, China. Desertification is heavily threatening Central Asia. Photo: Christopher Michel Attribution 2.0 General (CC BY 2.0)Christopher Michel Attribution 2.0 General (CC BY 2.0)

Anti-desertification Chinese sea buckthorn brings a new hope for Asia

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Half a century of care to regenerate 50 square kilometers of arid land in Tibet. This is how a resilient plant has beaten desertification
Cotton decomposes much faster in soil than synthetic fibers such as polyester. Photo: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

Australian cotton industry seeks to turn clothes into climate-friendly soil ameliorants

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A project to make cotton a resource for soil. A useful solution for a country still wasting 85% of its used clothing
Food waste use is essential for compost production. Photo: Max Pixel CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use Link referral required https://www.maxpixel.net/Ecology-Waste-Fertilizer-Compost-Garden-Nature-6053136Max Pixel CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use Link referral required https://www.maxpixel.net/Ecology-Waste-Fertilizer-Compost-Garden-Nature-6053136

US compost industry could get $2 bn brand new government funds

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A bill seeks to unlock $200 million federal funds per year for 10 years to support compost producers in the United States.
An app developed in Ireland provides a multi-level soil diagnosis. Photo: Pxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCAPxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCA

How’s your soil doing? Ask this Irish app

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The app allows you to analyze the health of your soil and suggests how to manage it. An example of technology applied to soil protection.
New York State has three million acres of farmland. PHOTO: New York State Senate Archives.

Climate-friendly agriculture: New York passes Soil Health Act

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The New York State Senate passes the Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Act. Objective is cutting the impact of agricultural practices on climate change by increasing adaptation and caring for the soil
Selected papers will be presented at Ecomondo 2021 fair. Photo: EcomondoEcomondo

New solutions for soil: Ecomondo call for papers is still open

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Ecomondo 2021 selects new proposals to protect soil health. Abstract submission deadline is scheduled for June 30.
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

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Soil restoration must be implemented on 2 billion hectares. Half of the area needs to recover by 2030 according to FAO and UNEP.
FAO's "Keep soil alive!" mission initiatives include educational videos on soil conservation. Image: FAO, YoutubeFAO

A videogame style cartoon shows kids why soil can’t handle a game over

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A videogame shaped cartoon called "Mission: Keep soil alive!" has been released by FAO to show why soil protection matters for everybody
Nitrogen is used in agriculture as the basic element of many fertilizers. It is an essential factor for plant growth but also a potential source of pollution. Photo: Adrian S. Pye Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)Adrian S. Pye Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Double-edged nitrogen is one more reason for a sustainable agriculture

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How to manage nitrogen use to reduce environmental impact and protect soils. An Australian study provides guidance for firms and consumers