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Madrid is getting greener. The five Urban Forest projects have been approved. The concept? restoring the land and its ecosystems in a 75 km ring around the Spanish capital. Photo: Pixabay License- Free for commercial use, attribution not requiredPixabay License- Free for commercial use, attribution not required

Madrid launches its Urban Forest: a 75 km green ring

Urban forest getting started: the Spanish capital announces the winning projects The goal? To protect soil, climate and ecosystems
The portion of the Amazon Rainforest in Rondônia State is one of the areas being investigated for the role of microbes in soil emissions. Photo: Ben Sutherland Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Ben Sutherland Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

How deforestation triggers greenhouse gas emissions by soil microbes

Study reveals the role of microbes in driving methane release from soil. Deforestation plays against climate. But restoration strategies are useful
According to U.S. scientists, soil analysis could help predict forests' behavior in climate mitigation. Photo: Aiko, Thomas & Juliette+Isaac Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Photo: Aiko, Thomas & Juliette+Isaac Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Which are the best performing trees for climate mitigation? Soil tells us

Soil microbes influence trees' behavior and forests' impact on climate change, says a study by Indiana University.
Armenia, the capital of the department of Quindío. The reconversion of the city's arena is one of the many projects carried out in the country in order to preserve and promote biodiversity. Photo: young shanahan Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Photo: young shanahan Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

No more bullfighting: a Colombian arena becomes a biodiversity vehicle

From bullfighting to biodiversity. How a former Colombian bullring will be transformed into a garden. An awareness-raising project in a country that has already set an ambitious program for the protection of its native species

Looking for a perfect reforestation? Just follow these 10 rules

Planting new trees is not enough: in order to optimize carbon sequestration and promote biodiversity, reforestation must follow particular criteria. An Italian researcher from Richmond's Royal Botanic Gardens has combined them into a decalogue
Soil SOS: here are the enemies that are robbing it of its health

Soil SOS: here are the enemies that are robbing it of its health

This is a battle that is being fought under the radar, but our health, the health of ecosystems, agricultural systems and the economy depend on it. We have identified 5 issues that need to be addressed, at all levels, to restore soil health
From Milan to China: the rise of the vertical forests

From Milan to China: the rise of the vertical forests

Boeri Studio’s project to install forests on skyscrapers is about to become reality in the Far East: four will be inaugurated in Huanggang and Nanjing by May. They will make it possible to cut tonnes of CO2 and microparticles, reduce energy consumption and increase biodiversity through the rediscovery of native species