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The Ruki provides 20 percent of the dissolved carbon in the Congo River. Photo: International Rivers CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalInternational Rivers CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Analysis of a river in Congo reveals carbon dynamics

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As a tributary of the Congo River, the Ruki provides one-fifth of the dissolved carbon in the region's main waterway. A figure that suggests a lower sequestration capacity by the local forest, says a research
Biocrusts widely found on the Great Wall of China can slow the erosion process, thus contributing to the preservation of the structure. Photo: Peter Dowley CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericPeter Dowley CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Biocrusts protect The Great Wall of China from erosion

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Typical of arid or semi-arid expanses, soil bio-crusts are an important and undervalued natural resource. An international study has highlighted their ability to counter erosion
Adding biosolids to conventional fertilizers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve soil quality, according to a Canadian study. Photo: Jeffrey Beall CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Jeffrey Beall CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

New soil fertilizers can be made from pulp waste

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Adding biosolids to conventional fertilizers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve soil quality, according to a Canadian study. A circular solution that is good for plants and the environment
Forest fragmentation is the process of dividing forested areas into smaller parts by cutting down trees Photo: Riccardo Pravettoni CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 GenericRiccardo Pravettoni CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 DEED Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

In the Amazon, forest fragmentation changes the shape of trees

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A study from the University of Helsinki highlights how trees in forests change their appearance to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Results are relevant on a global scale
Adding calcium to the soil changes the microbial community and the way it processes organic matter Photo: fdecomite CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Genericfdecomite CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

Calcium is the soil’s secret weapon against CO2 leakage

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Addition of calcium to soil promotes sequestration and increase in organic matter. A Canadian study provides new insights for maintaining and improving soil quality while mitigating climate change
Grasslands store one-third of the Earth's global carbon stock. Photo: Eric Van Lochem CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 InternationalPhoto: Eric Van Lochem CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International

Canada’s grasslands are getting hotter and drier

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A study by the University of Alberta has described for the first time the changes that have occurred in the country's grasslands over the past 120 years and the consequences for agriculture
Soil conservation maximizes the potential of agriculture while limiting emissions. Photo: Matthias Ripp CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 GenericPhoto: Matthias Ripp CC BY 2.0 DEED Attribution 2.0 Generic

“Soil care is crucial to ensure food security”, WEF says

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To meet growing food demand while capturing proper volumes of greenhouse gases, soil health must be a priority, says the World Economic Forum. Precision agriculture is essential
Over the past 12,000 years, 2.7 billion tons of phosphorus have reportedly accumulated in lake sediments around the world. Photo: Pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution requiredPhoto: Pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

The phosphorus problem started thousands of years ago

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A Swiss study found that humans began altering the phosphorus cycle many millennia ago. Before industrialization and the spread of fertilizers accelerated the process
Ecomondo's 2023 General Soil States were dedicated to sustainable carbon cycles. PHOTO: Re Soil Foundation

For sustainable carbon cycles we need to focus on nature-based solutions

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Second edition of the General States of the Soil at Ecomondo in Rimini. Dozens of experts attended to discuss the best strategies capable of bringing organic carbon back into degraded soils and reducing CO2 in the atmosphere
Le colture di copertura permettono di limitare la perdita di carbonio negli oliveti mediterranei che presentano alti tassi di erosione. Foto: Pxhere CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution required

In olive groves, cover crops reduce carbon loss by 76%

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University of Córdoba study: use of these crops reduces soil carbon loss in Mediterranean olive groves by more than 75 percent