Mud on the roads in Montecito, California, January 2018. Prolonged drought makes soil less permeable promoting landslides during wet periods. Photo: California National Guard Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)California National Guard Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Climate and drought are the perfect recipe for disruption (not just) in California

During extended drought periods, soil loses its ability to absorb water, writes The New York Times. When rain occurs, landslide risk increases. A combination of phenomena that climate change makes increasingly frequent
The spread of droughts is linked to rising temperatures. In 2022, the number of times negative monthly precipitation records were broken was the third highest since 1979. Photo: bluesbby from Mountain View, USA Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)bluesbby from Mountain View, USA Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The water cycle has changed. And it favors floods and droughts

Extreme rainfall concentrated in short periods is becoming more frequent just like months characterized by exceptionally low rainfall, scientists from the Global Water Monitor Consortium explain. Growth in duration and severity of heat waves causes "flash droughts" especially in Europe and China
FAO's Global Symposium on Soils for Nutrition will be held in virtual format between 26 and 29 July 2022.©FAO/Matteo Sala

At the end of July, a global meeting on the link between healthy soil and nutrition

From 26 to 29 July, hundreds of representatives from the political, agricultural, environmental, scientific and industrial world will participate in the Global Symposium on Soil for nutrition. Until the end of May, a call of abstracts to propose reports to be presented during the days of the event. Here the main themes
The spread of wildfires in the US poses a serious threat to the corporations that have invested in forest protection to offset their emissions. Photo: CALFIRE_Official Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)CALFIRE_Official Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Wildfires are putting corporations and carbon market in trouble

Prompted by climate change, wildfires are devastating larger portions of the forests that generate the emission credits sold to the corporations
Microbes diversity in soil has a positive impact on carbon sequestration capacity. Photo: Alice Dohnalkova (distributed via Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)Alice Dohnalkova (distributed via 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