Soil Degradation News

  • More than one third of soils studied in southwest England are highly degraded

    An extensive field investigation discovered that 38% of soils in southwest England show signs of enhanced surface water runoff due to soil degradation. The study also revealed which types of fields and soils are linked to the most or least degradation. Damage to soil causes water runoff across the landscape instead of being infiltrated properly by the soil. Poor land management is known to cause ...

  • ISRIC co-organiser of the Spanish Soil Exposition

    Today (Oct 1,2015), the opening of the exposition ‘The soil, a walk through life’, which is co-organised by ISRIC, will take place in Madrid. The exposition has been organised in the context of the International Year of the Soil and will be displayed in the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales for six months. This museum is connected to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). ...

  • Global plans of action endorsed to halt the escalating degradation of soils

    Urgent action is required to improve the health of the world's limited soil resources and stop land degradation, so as to ensure that future generations have enough supplies of food, water, energy and raw materials, government representatives and experts meeting at FAO warned today. The Global Soil Partnership has endorsed a series of action plans ...

  • RECARE project to prevent and remediate soil degradation in Europe

    A growing world population has to deal with increasingly urgent issues of food security, flooding and drought, as well as soil pollution which threaten agricultural productivity and the environment. The answer to all these urgent issues could rest in the soil. Soil is vital to supporting food production as well as the filtering of water consumed by humans and plants. In addition, soil ...

  • Preventing and remediating degradation of soils in Europe through land care

    The European Commission recently granted Wageningen University and partners a 11 million euro international research project focusing on preventing and remediating soil degradation in Europe. The RECARE project is a joint initiative of 27 institutions and organisations in Europe. Wageningen University is lead contractor, with a.o. Alterra and ISRIC as partners. The cross-cutting aim ...

  • Soil protection critical for Europe`s economy and ecosystems

    Soil is one of the planet's invaluable resources but continues to be degraded in Europe. Together, the mineral particles, water, air, organic matter, and living organisms that constitute soil perform key functions which underpin our society. Soil is a vital, non-renewable resource for ecosystems, playing an essential role in services such as water purification and food production. It is ...

  • Cattle can help restore degraded soil

    Agriculture Research Service has tested cattle grazing on degraded soil to determine if the activity would have any effect on restoring depleted nutrients. During a 12 year period, 18 paddocks were used to monitor the soils response to different land management practices. In the end, the paddocks with medium to heavy grazing proved to be the best way to sequester nitrogen and carbon in the soil. ...

  • Is soil the first failure of the French Presidency?

    The European Environmental Bureau, Europe's largest federation of environmental citizens' organisations, has challenged the French Presidency to start delivering on their promise to move forward on the Soil Framework Directive and to improve upon the last compromise reached during the Portuguese presidency in December. John Hontelez, EEB Secretary General, explained: We welcome the decision ...

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