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During the period under investigation, soil sealing covered almost 1,500 km2. Photo: Pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution requiredPxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

Europe has lost 3,600 km2 of soil due to land take in seven years

Between 2012 and 2018, soil loss mainly affected suburbs and semi-rural areas that play a key role in ecological balance with severe consequences for the climate, the European Environment Agency says
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
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
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
According to German broadcaster DW, the two Koreas could launch a joint effort to fight deforestation. Photo: Jensowagner Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Jensowagner Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Koreas can get closer by standing together against deforestation

Seoul calls on Pyongyang to cooperate in the fight against deforestation, beyond the 38th parallel. As World Forestry Congress approaches, says German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, something is changing in the countries bilateral relations
Secondo gli esperti inglesi, la Gran Bretagna dovrebbe piantare il 40% in più di siepi nelle aree agricole ntro il 2050 come barriere contro inondazioni e cambiamenti climatici. FOTO: luigi alesi via Flickr.

Climate crisis, the solution hides in the hedgerows

Essenziali per trattenere l'acqua e difendere la biodiversità, utili contro l'inquinamento da prodotti chimici. Un'analisi del Comitato indipendente sui cambiamenti climatici sottolinea l'impatto positivo dell'installazione delle siepi. Il consiglio: aumentarle del 40% entro il 2050
A circular innovation for Africa: recycling coconut waste reduces timber consumption and deforestation. Photo: Freetown sl Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Freetown sl Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

The story of Alhaji, the startupper who is curbing deforestation with coconut waste

Una soluzione circolare contro la deforestazione in Africa Occidentale. Alhaji Siraj Bah, giovanissimo innovatore di Freetown, in Sierra Leone, scommette sui residui del cocco per offrire un’alternativa ai prodotti derivati dal legno
Vegetated buffer strips are an efficient barrier against waterway pollution. Photo: Bengt Oberger Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Bengt Oberger Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Riparian buffer strips reduce water pollution while protecting soil health, study says

Riparian buffer strips pose no real danger to soil stability and banks, US research shows. A finding that suggests a wider use of this natural remedy against water contamination
A National Guard soldier in LaPlace, Louisiana: Hurricane Ida was the costliest natural disaster of 2021 with its $65 billion in damage. Photo: Louisiana National Guard Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Louisiana National Guard Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

The climate bill: 2021’s Top 10 natural disasters caused $170 bn damage

Total damage caused by extreme climate events, however, would rise up to $250 bn. Deforestation-related CO2 emissions have been the crucial factor.
The share of global population exposed to flood events has increased by 24% in the 21st century. Photo: Thearat Touch EU/ECHO Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)Thearat Touch EU/ECHO Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

21st century floods have already affected nearly 300 million people

The share of global population exposed to flood risk has grown at a 10 times faster pace than previously estimated with Asia as epicenter, The University of Arizona says.