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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
Agriculture, carbon farming and soil management are some of the issues covered by Fit for 55, the emission reduction plan adopted by the EU Commission. Photo: Pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution requiredPxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

Soil and agriculture will play a crucial role in the EU plan “Fit for 55”

The Fit for 55 agenda also includes 'agriculture. The sector is contributing to climate change. But it offers more solutions than problems.
New York State has three million acres of farmland. PHOTO: New York State Senate Archives.

Climate-friendly agriculture: New York passes Soil Health Act

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
There is a clear link between the development of sustainable agriculture and a healthy diet, FAO says. Photo: UGA CAES/Extension Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)UGA CAES/Extension Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Sustainable agriculture is the leading way to a healthy diet, FAO says

Healthy diet is crucial for changing global trends. Food insecurity is affecting 155 mn people while obesity is growing in Southern Europe
According to ECB, the failure to prevent climate risk could cost the European economy a 20% loss of GDP by the end of the century. Photo: Piqsels.com, public domainPiqsels.com, public domain

Twin crises climate & biodiversity loss may cost tens of billions a year

Environmental damages impact on the European economy. EU Funds are at risk: "Just 11% of them are truly green".
Between 2014 and 2020 climate mitigation resources allocated to the CAP have been wasted, the EU Court of Auditors reports. Photo: Euseson Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Euseson Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

EU CAP didn’t help to tackle climate change despite €100 bn in 7 years, Court of Auditors says

ECA Report: between 2014 and 2020, more than a quarter of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) resorces were allocated for climate change mitigation. But greenhouse gas emissions have not decreased
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
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
Last year, the Guardian claims, UK banks' support to companies involved in deforestation amounted to £900 million. Photo: Dikshajhingan Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Dikshajhingan Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

UK banks criticized for their support to deforestation

Guardian: Banks are funding global deforestation. The new law under discussion in UK is not expected to solve the problem.