JRC News

  1. 23 Nov 2015

    In a Comment published in Nature today, JRC scientist Luca Montanarella calls for a voluntary international agreement to protect soil from erosion and degradation through a reinvigorated Global Soil Partnership.

  2. 1 Sep 2015

    A recent assessment carried out by the JRC estimates that water erodes 970 million tonnes of soil every year in the EU.

  3. 20 Aug 2015

    Much of the European continent has been affected by severe drought in June and July 2015, one of the worst since the drought and heat wave of summer of 2003.

  4. 26 Jun 2015

    The 3rd annual Plenary Meeting of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from the 22 to 24 June 2015 in Rome, Italy, endorsed a concept note on developing Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Management of Soil Resources (VGSMS).

  5. 24 Jun 2015

    The JRC hosted a very successful awareness-raising event with an EU exhibit on soil at this year’s 4-day Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, which was attended by a record-breaking number of visitors. The exhibit showcased soil-related issues in Scotland and Europe in an informative and engaging manner, and made a real contribution to the International Year of Soils.  Feedback from the Commissioner Hogan, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, was extremely positive.


  6. 10 Jun 2015

    On the occasion of the EU summit with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the English and Portuguese versions of the JRC Soil Atlas of Latin America and the Caribbean are launched.

  7. 22 Apr 2015

    The Earth Day, celebrated on 22 April since 1970, is marked around the globe with initiatives and events on environmental protection. This week the JRC presents its work on soil, which is critical to life on Earth.

  8. 4 Mar 2015

    JRC experts co-authored and contributed extensively to the European soil thematic briefing of the European Environment State and Outlook 2015 Report (SOER 2015).

  9. 16 Feb 2015

    Rainfall is more likely to cause soil erosion in the Mediterranean and Alpine regions than in Northern Europe.  This becomes evident from a new set of data that the JRC has collected on the erosive force of rainfall in different parts of Europe.

  10. 12 Jan 2015

    The JRC authored a chapter of the recently published Soil Atlas 2015, which was produced by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), and Le Monde Diplomatique.