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  • New map of soil loss by water erosion across Europe

    Soil erosion is an important issue in Europe, with consequences for water quality, ecosystem services supply and crop production. In this study, researchers enhanced an existing model to estimate soil loss and create an updated map of soil erosion across the EU. The authors say the tool can simulate the effects of land use changes and management practices and will support effective policy ...

  • Changing climate may lead to devastating loss of phosphorus from soil

    Crop growth, drinking water and recreational water sports could all be adversely affected if predicted changes in rainfall patterns over the coming years prove true, according to research published in April in Biology and Fertility of Soils. Scientists from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)-funded North Wyke Research have found for the first time that the rate at ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Loss of soil carbon linked to climate change in England and Wales

    Soil and plants store around 5% of the world’s carbon, but carbon storage in some soils is in decline. Recent research has found that climate change accounted for 9–22% of carbon declines in organic soils in semi-natural habitats throughout England and Wales from 1978–2003. The researchers say monitoring soils rich in carbon should be a priority to ensure that more carbon is not ...

  • UK strategy aims to stop carbon loss from soil

    Soil experts are being asked for their views on a new strategy to protect England's soils for the future. The UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Defra, has published a consultation on the Soil Strategy, which includes an aim to halt the loss of carbon from soil. Soils contain huge amounts of carbon and there is some evidence to suggest that carbon levels are declining in ...

  • 90% of Europeans believe biodiversity loss is a problem

    An overwhelming majority of Europeans believe that the loss of biological diversity is a serious problem, according to a Eurobarometer survey on attitudes to biodiversity. The survey highlights the concerns of Europeans regarding the decline and extinction of animal and plant species, natural habitats and ecosystems. Concern is greatest in Greece, Portugal and Romania. The survey also reveals ...

  • The global cost of biodiversity loss: 14 trillion Euros?

    Although some success has been achieved in meeting the global target of reducing the rate of loss of biodiversity by 20101, a new report suggests that biodiversity will continue to decline, adversely affecting the health of associated ecosystems. By not meeting the 2010 targets, the report estimates the cumulative loss of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services between 2000 and 2050, could ...

  • NASA data reveal major groundwater loss in California

    In research being presented this week at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, scientists from NASA and the University of California, Irvine, detailed California's groundwater changes and outlined Grace-based research on other global aquifers. The twin Grace satellites monitor tiny month-to-month changes in Earth's gravity field primarily caused by the movement of water in ...

  • Phillipine floods: also a story of forest and wetland loss

    The recent flooding disaster in Mindanao, Philipines is undeniable a result of extreme rainfall brought on shore by the cyclone Washi. But this is not the entire story; the loss of forests, establishment of plantations with exotic tree species, widespread illegal mining operations and degradation of wetlands has decreased water retention and increased flashfloods and mudslides across the country. ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Deforestation`s double blow: carbon emissions and biodiversity loss

    Deforestation increases CO2 emissions, as forests are subjected to 'slash and burn' clearing to make way for agricultural land. In China, for example, vast areas of rainforest are being cleared to make way for rubber plantations. Using satellite images, researchers have assessed that the average loss of natural forest between 1976 and 2003 is 13,722 hectares per year. In total, this caused a loss ...

  • Increased concerns over fluvial carbon losses from deforested tropical peatlands

    Over 20% more carbon could be being released by tropical peatlands than previously estimated, a new study suggests. The research highlights the large quantities of carbon lost to rivers from deforested and degraded peatlands in Indonesia, in addition to carbon released as CO2 gas. Peatlands are an important carbon store and the peat swamp forests of south-east Asia have experienced excessive ...

  • Peatland loss is making the oil sands carbon footprint more visible

    The loss of peatlands covering the oil sands in the Canadian province of Alberta causes carbon emissions of a magnitude between 11 and 47 mton. These figures of the Albertan University were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Canadian scientist calculated that these peatland-carbon losses will be equal to the already huge emissions of 7 years ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Killing the cures: how biodiversity loss is harming medical science

    Biodiversity is essential for the functioning of ecosystems - from forests and fresh waters to coral reefs, soils, and even the atmosphere - that sustain all life on Earth. The ongoing and escalating disappearance of that diversity will harm society in myriad ways. One way that is often overlooked is the damaging impact on medical science. For millennia, medical practitioners have harnessed ...

  • On World Biodiversity Day the EC warns against biodiversity loss

    Today is World Biodiversity Day, and yet biodiversity is disappearing at an unprecedented rate. The EU has a package of measures in place to try and halt the loss, with an action plan well under way, a huge network of protected areas nearing completion, and a major report forthcoming on the economic consequences of biodiversity loss. EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: 'Biodiversity ...

  • Safeguarding our soils for the future

    Measures to protect and improve our soil to meet rising demand for food and to combat climate change have been unveiled by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn. England’s soil has suffered over the last 200 years from the impacts of intensive farming and industrial pollution, and today is under threat from erosion by wind and rain, a loss of organic matter and nutrients, and pressure for ...

  • Protecting valuable urban soil

    Soil provides multiple services, ranging from food production, water-filtering and carbon capture, to green park areas in towns and cities, important for human well-being. However, increased urbanisation is leading to a loss of soil resources. Researchers have developed an online evaluation method that can be used as an aid to urban planning to avoid the loss of precious areas of good quality ...

  • Impact of floods on soils

    A recent study conducted in the Midwestern United States examined the effects of harsh wet conditions on both cultivated and uncultivated soils, vastly advancing the knowledge of water’s effects on aggregation. Soil aggregation is an important soil attribute that is related to the physical-chemical state of the soil, and is one of the essential processes that determine soil quality. During the ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Soil sealing in Europe

    The covering of the soil surface with impervious materials as a result of urban development and infrastructure construction is known as soil sealing. The term is also used to describe a change in the nature of the soil leading to impermeability (e.g. compaction by agricultural machinery). Sealed areas are lost to uses such as agriculture or forestry while the ecological soil functions are ...


  • Reinforcement of soil by plant roots

    Landslides have devastating impacts across the globe resulting in the loss of life and the destruction of billions of dollars in infrastructure. Soil erosion from wind and water threatens food production, pollutes the environment, and can make living in major cities such as Beijing almost unbearable during dust storms. Just like the great dust bowl of the 1930s, many instances of soil erosion and ...

  • Preventive medicine: City of Montreal reduces non-revenue water loss with leak detection program using Sahara Technology

    The City of Montreal believes that the best medicine is preventative medicine, especially as it applies to its water network. Montreal has an impressive water system that supplies drinking water to a population of nearly 1.9 million people. Since 2002, the historic city, the second largest metropolis in Canada, began a long-term major rehabilitation of ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Cutting Food Loss and Waste will Benefit People and the Environment, Says New Study on World Environment Day

    From Australia to Afghanistan, New Research Spotlights Low-Cost Actions for Delivering Major Benefits for Development, Environment and Livelihoods One out of every four calories produced by the global agricultural system is being lost or wasted, according to new analysis. This poses a serious challenge to the planet's ability to reduce hunger and meet the food needs of a rapidly-expanding global ...

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