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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

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Soil microbes influence trees' behavior and forests' impact on climate change, says a study by Indiana University.
After many years of debate, FAO's Intergovernmental Technical Group on Soils has approved an official definition of healthy soil. PHOTO: FAO archive.FAO

What is healthy soil? FAO coins the official definition

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The UN Agency's Intergovernmental Technical Group on Soils (ITPS) has defined healthy soil as "the ability to sustain productivity, diversity and environmental services of terrestrial ecosystems". A starting point for setting comparable indicators on sustainable land management
Products such as compost can increase fertility and carbon sequestration. But retention and emission levels depend on many factors. Photo: Falk Negrazius Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Photo: Falk Negrazius Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

More fertility, less emissions. A new project will identify the best mix for soil and climate

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CREA center launches the SOMMIT project to identify the best trade-off between fertility, CO2 sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions.
The EU EJP SOIL Programme aims to develop solutions for climate-smart management of agricultural soils. Photo: Smaack Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Smaack Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Ten EU research projects for soil and climate

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EJP Soil, the joint EU research program on climate and soil, gets into action. From sustainable agriculture to CO2 sequestration, there is a wide range of issues to explore. The goal? Providing new solutions for Europe and the Planet.
The goal of the EU Mission is to ensure the health of 3/4 of Europe's soil by 2030. Photo: CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain DedicationCC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

Laws, innovations, agriculture: time to take care of EU soil with concrete measures

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Presentation event for the EU Soil Mission. Against degradation and cementification we need best practices and political choices.
Recycling organic waste and returning it back to the soil is an essential strategy for the circular bioeconomy. Photo: Pixi.org CC0 Public Domain. Free for commercial use. No attribution requiredCC0 Public Domain. Free for commercial use. No attribution required

There’s no green transition without bioeconomy

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ECBPI Manifesto unveiled. Here's why the circular bioeconomy is an opportunity for soil and the economy.
Circular bioeconomy, a network to promote it launched in Brussels

Circular bioeconomy, a network to promote it launched in Brussels

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The European Circular Bioeconomy Policy Initiative kicks off: a network of research institutions and companies to stimulate the circular bioeconomy and reinforce the market outlets for biobased materials. On Tuesday 23 February, the official…
Debora Fino, president of Re Soil Foundation.

“These technologies can help us meet the healthy soil challenge”

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Debora Fino, presidente di Re Soil Foundation: l'importanza di avere un suolo in salute è ancora troppo sottovalutata. Le competenze dei tecnici possono ispirare politiche lungimiranti che contrastino degrado e desertificazione.
Young Fulani herdsmen. According to Amnesty International the conflict between herders and farmers in Nigeria has resulted in more than 3,600 deaths from 2016 to 2018. Photo: Neptunian83 Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

From climate change to demography. How the soil war is devastating Nigeria

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Il degrado del terreno minaccia la Nigeria creando le condizioni per un sanguinoso conflitto tra pastori e agricoltori. Con il land grabbing sullo sfondo.
Citizens have three months to contribute with their suggestions on soil health strategy. While EU Mission comes to Italy

Soil Strategy: EU citizens asked to share their views

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The three-month open consultation for public suggestions has begun. Biodiversity is crucial for soil health. The EU Mission is coming to Italy