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PREPSOIL promuove la nascita di una biblioteca online sulla salute del suolo. Immagine:  PREPSOIL

Prepsoil is creating an online library on soil health

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The Knowledge Hub is an initiative implemented as part of the European Prepsoil project with the goal of building a multilingual online library to aggregate soil knowledge by engaging the communityby
The initiative targets multiple soil professionals from Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Spain and France. Photo: PREPSOILprepsoil

Prepsoil survey reveals knowledge of soil health among stakeholders

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There is time until Feb. 29 to participate in the soil health knowledge survey launched by PREPSOIL, the project funded by the Horizon Europe program
The study analyzed changes in forest cover in the Emerald Network protected areas located in the Luhansk region, which has been under partial Russian control for the past ten years. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalState Emergency Service of Ukraine CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Forests in Ukraine are collateral victims of Russian invasion

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In Ukraine's territories under partial Russian control since 2014, the area of forests has shrunk by 25 percent. This is shown by an American research involving two institutes in Kiev
Drought alert. Water shortages could increase significantly, particularly in the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. Photo: Roberto AI CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 GenericRoberto AI CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

Europe will be facing drought more often

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The Commission has made available a database and a continental atlas of drought risk. A study of past data reveals negative predictions: the phenomenon will occur more often in the future
The 17 new research projects funded by the European Commission will serve to achieve some of the objectives of the EU Soil Mission.EU Commission

Mission Soil, the EU Commission allocates €90 million for 17 research projects

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The approved projects will help to restore soil health, protecting biodiversity and food production. 314 research centers will be involved, coming from 32 countries. A further step to achieve the 2030 objectives of the Mission Soil
L’abbandono delle aree interne e la crisi climatica hanno trasformato le campagne europee, e, con esse, gli incendi che ogni estate colpiscono il continente. FOTO: Karsten Winegeart su Unsplash

Depopulation is changing the fire map of Europe

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L’abbandono delle aree rurali e la crisi climatica hanno trasformato le campagne europee. Con esse cambia la fotografia degli incendi che ogni estate colpiscono il continente
The figure emerges from an analysis released together with the proposed Soil Directive presented by the EU Commission in early July. Photo: Sébastien Bertrand Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Sébastien Bertrand Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

A sustainable soil pays off as enefits exceed costs by 1.7 times, EU says

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The figure is included in the Impact Assessment accompanying the proposed EU Soil Directive. Between now and 2060, the sustainable management of the continent's land will generate a positive balance of EUR 320 billion
In the EU, says the European Environment Agency, the economic benefits from the restoration of continental ecosystems amount to approximately EUR 1,860 billion. Photo: Jacek Karczmarz Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Jacek Karczmarz Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Environment restoration in the EU is worth almost 2 trillion euro

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This is reported in a briefing by the European Environment Agency, which also calculates the return on investment for terrestrial ecosystems: every euro spent guarantees an economic return of between 8 and 38 euros
Living labs are in fact essential tools for the development of good land management practices. PHOTO: Matteo BerlengaMatteo Berlenga

Three webinars help build living labs for soil health

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The initiative takes place within the European project NATI00NS. The three webinars, each with its own focus, are scheduled for June 22, June 29 and July 6. Common objective: to stimulate applications for EU Mission Soil calls and to develop Living Labs capable of developing repeatable actions in favor of soil health
The study of the impact of urbanization on bees and other pollinators was carried out in the Berlin metropolitan area. PHOTO: Fabian Schneidereit on UnsplashFabian Schneidereit su Unsplash

The degree of urbanisation reduces wild bees and butterfly diversity

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German research confirms that the degree of overbuilding and the quality of the local habitat influence the activity of bees and other insects. Interactions with plants decrease. Yet urban meadows and pastures, with the right actions, can be precious contexts for pollinators. Starting from a suitable height of the vegetation...