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Ukraine is home to a quarter of the global černozëm, a hyper fertile soil that guarantees high yields. Photo: Jackie Riceman Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Jackie Riceman Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

War and climate change threaten Ukraine’s ‘magic’ soil

Standing behind Ukraine's legendary agricultural wealth is the černozëm, an exceptionally fertile soil covering two-thirds of the country's arable land. But war and climate change are undermining the crops
The effects of a flood in Valkenburg in the Netherlands. In the last 40 years, extreme weather events in Europe have caused half a trillion euros damage. Photo: Romaine CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain DedicationPhoto: Romaine CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

In Europe extreme weather events resulted in €500 billion losses since 1980

Since 1980, extreme weather events have caused half a trillion euros losses and 145,000 deaths in Europe, EEA has found. Climate change remains the main threat. Today, the insurance coverage is still too low
The biointensive method aims to maximize agricultural yields at a lower input of resources. Photo: Elina Mark Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Elina Mark Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

In Spain biointensive method proves successful as yields increase 81%

A study from Spain: Biointensive gardens experience higher yields, lower water consumption and increased carbon sequestration. Creating an effective solution to desertification
Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative

Africa, the Great Green Wall is an excellent economic investment too

A cost-benefit analysis of the Green Great Wall project in the Sahel has been published in Nature Sustainability. Every dollar invested produces an average return of $ 1.2, peaking as high as $ 4.4. Despite the harsh climatic conditions
By 2050 agriculture will need to produce almost 50 percent more food than in 2012. Photo: R. Nyberg, USAID Attribution 4.0 International - CC BY 4.0R. Nyberg, USAID Attribution 4.0 International - CC BY 4.0

FAO: we must invest in sustainable agriculture (Or we won’t be able to feed the world)

The UN organization unveils the "State of Land and Water 2021": human action causes degradation in 1.66 billion hectares of land. Agriculture and ecosystems. "Agricultural production and ecosystem services are more endangered where economic growth is needed most."
Salt-affected land in the Syrdaryo region in eastern Uzbekistan. The former Soviet republic is one of the hardest hit countries by soil salinization. Photo: Milo Mitchell Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Milo Mitchell Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

“Excess salt threatens up to 50% of global crops”

Salt overdose in world soils may impact on the lives of 1.5 billion people. But some best practices can help us solve the problem, FAO says
The Ulan Buh desert in Mongolia hosted the first large-scale trial conducted by Chinese researchers. Photo: 摩游乐 Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)摩游乐 Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

China is fighting desertification by adding cellulose to sand

Chinese researchers offer a solution to soil degradation: a plant paste that can turn the desert into a grassland. The new technology might help 500 million people in Central Asia
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

Half a century of care to regenerate 50 square kilometers of arid land in Tibet. This is how a resilient plant has beaten desertification
In the first five months of 2021, deforestation lead to a 2,548 square kilometers loss for Brazilian Amazon. Photo: Lou Gold Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Lou Gold Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Deforestation increases 67% in Amazon’s darkest month

Deforestation is growing in Brazilian Amazon. With obvious effects on climate and the economy. And government's responses look controversial