Soils

The report “Soil pollution – a hidden reality” published by the FAO aims to summarise the current state of soil pollution, and to identify the main pollutants and their sources affecting human health and the environment,…

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The Taurus Mountains in Turkey are rich in basalt deposits.
Soils

With a large-scale use of silicates as fertilisers, agriculture could achieve its climate targets, and soil erosion could be slowed down, suggest an international team of researchers in a new survey. As yet, however, the…

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Soils

While water erosion is identified as the most serious cause of soil degradation globally, global patterns of rainfall erosivity remain poorly quantified, and estimates have large uncertainties. This hampers the…

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Soils

Sustainable Soil Management (SSM) is a valuable tool for climate change adaptation and a pathway for safeguarding key ecosystem services and biodiversity.

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Climate effects may show positive or negative impacts on crop yield – depending on the type of soil
Soils

Global yield forecasts and early warning systems for bottlenecks in food supply are making only insufficient use of knowledge on geo soil data. IIASA in Austria shows that fluctuations in yield owing to different types…

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A dust storm during the dry season in Olkiramatian in the Kenyan Rift Valley.
Soils

During the United Nations COP21 climate conference in Paris, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) entered a strategic partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural…

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Soils

Without healthy soils, life on Earth would be unsustainable, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared with a view to the International Year of Soils. Our author highlights some features of soil management in India…

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Soils

Throughout the world, demands on finite soil resources are ever increasing, and can lead to irreversible soil degradation, as the soil is used beyond its “bio-capacity”. A quarter of the inhabitated land area has already…

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Soils

We are continuously transforming a resource that is both essential and finite: our soils. We do so in a way that has serious social, economic and ecologic implications. There is an urgent need to shift these…

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Soils

ELD is a joint initiative of Germany, the European Commission and the United Nations Convention
to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). ELD offers a strong platform for raising public awareness of land degradation and…

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