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Maurizio Martina FAO Agricoltura

Martina (FAO): “Produce better, consuming less. Agriculture must change model”

The FAO Deputy Director to Re Soil Foundation: "Sustainable land management is a turning point to ensure agricultural production and food sovereignty. I hope that the EU will soon change the directive on soils"
Microbes diversity in soil has a positive impact on carbon sequestration capacity. Photo: Alice Dohnalkova (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu) Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)Alice Dohnalkova (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu) Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

Microbes, soil and CO2: diversity is better

According to a U.S. study, a healthy soil with a wider diversity of microbes is capable of capturing more CO2
Tra il 2019 e il 2020 il numero di incendi e l’area bruciata hanno superato la media degli ultimi dodici anni. Foto: Pavel Koubek © European Union 2018 Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/eu_echo/42117320380

Here is the EU strategy against wildfires: plans, funds and soil protection

Wildfires threat 78 million Europeans. Climate and soil are crucial factors. EU proposes a new strategy to deal with the issue.
In tropical forests, soil microbes play a key role in the carbon cycle. Photo: Melany Klapper CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use. No attribution required.Melany Klapper CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use. No attribution required.

How the vicious circle between soil, microbes and climate change works

Soil microbes react to global warming by emitting more CO2. A study in a tropical area shows alarming data

Goodbye phosphorus: how soil degradation is taking a key element away from agriculture

Swiss study: soil degradation accounts for 50% of agricultural phosphorus losses. With huge damage to crops. Global alert and uncertain future at the horizon
Different management strategies and soil properties influence carbon sequestration ability. Data processing is therefore crucial in order to design a global soil map. Photo: Nandan CC0 - Free to Use, Attribution OptionalNandan CC0 - Free to Use, Attribution Optional

A new map will reveal the CO2 sequestration potential of our soils

FAO is providing regional training sessions on data processing through the GSOCseq program. Its goal? To provide a map of soil carbon capture potential under a variety of scenarios. An extra tool to protect climate and soil health
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UNEP urges a new fertilizers policy for a sustainable agriculture

Fertilizer use is often excessive and inefficient. UNEP and FAO suggest the right way to manage them in order to protect soil and health
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.
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

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

CREA center launches the SOMMIT project to identify the best trade-off between fertility, CO2 sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions.