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Over the past 60 years, the average weight of harvesters has increased 10-fold with a major impact on soil ecosystem functions. Photo: Dan Davison Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Photo: Dan Davison Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Mechanical dinosaurs are the ultimate threat to soil

The weight of harvesters averages 36 tons approaching burdens of sauropods walking on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago. The resulting soil compaction is now putting both ecosystem balance and crop yields at risk
La siccità è favorita dal cambiamento climatico e contribuisce essa stessa ad alimentare ulteriormente il fenomeno. Foto: Pixabay License Libera per usi commerciali Attribuzione non richiesta

Drought, invertebrates, and carbon: the vicious cycle affecting soil and climate

Drought limits the action of invertebrates and their ability to store organic carbon in soil, according to research from Switzerland. A finding with obvious implications for climate change
By 2070, the Planet's soils are at risk of losing 40 percent of their biological crusts. Photo: USFWS Mountain-Prairie Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)USFWS Mountain-Prairie Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The world may lose biological crusts due to climate change

Biological crusts are crucial to the survival of the soil and its ecosystem. But climate change now threatens to wipe them out, a study from Geological Survey has warned
A forest stretch in Kenya Photo: Ninara Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Ninara Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The power of community brings a Kenian forest back to life

Behind the rebirth of the Mirema forest is a community initiative that is now recognized as a best practice for the country. But also as a new sign of Africa's growing commitment to protecting its natural resources
Peatlands are a distinctive element of the Šumava National Park landscape. Photo: I.Sáček, senior CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Donation to the Public DomainI.Sáček, senior CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Donation to the Public Domain

Here is how peatlands are recreated in Bohemian Forest

LIFE for MIRES project halfway through its journey: the restoration of peatlands within the area offers new opportunities to tackle climate change, says the staff. Today 720 hectares of wetland soil have already returned to their original condition.
As pollinators, bees interact with over 90% of the native plants. Photo: Mauricio Mercadante Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Mauricio Mercadante Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Brazil bets on bees through urban beehives and honey gardens

The government of the State of Paraná has decided to replicate the bee conservation project already developed in the capital Curitiba. An educational program that promotes the crucial role of these precious insects. 
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
Deforestation in the Berau area of eastern Indonesia is contributing to rising temperatures and increased heat-related deaths. Photo: Erin Myers Madeira/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Erin Myers Madeira/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Deforestation-related deaths are rising in Indonesia

Rising temperatures driven by deforestation are creating increasingly dangerous working conditions and raising mortality rates in Indonesia, study finds
For years, U.S. and Canadian scientists have been studying microbes of some farmland in Ontario to identify links between some particular crops and soil balance. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not required

Microbes tell us how the soil is doing. And they help save on fertilizer

It' s not just about organic matter: microbes are crucial in guaranteeing a proper soil balance. Canadian and Amercan scientists have developed a new test to capture soil biological activity
For years, U.S. and Canadian scientists have been studying microbes of some farmland in Ontario to identify links between some particular crops and soil balance. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not required

“Without nature conservation, we should expect more pandemics despite vaccines”, scientists say

Harvard researchers: ecosystem degradation drives new pandemics. "Covid has already required $6 trillion spending. Protecting nature would cost 50 times less"