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Potential threats to soil biodiversity (orange = high; red = very high)
Potential threats to soil biodiversity (orange = high; red = very high)
Oct 30 2018
Two JRC scientists discuss their contribution to the Living Planet Report 2018 published today by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The report is based on replies to a questionnaire from 29 countries across Europe
The report is based on replies to a questionnaire from 29 countries across Europe
Sep 21 2018
New report finds over 5,000 new sites that are under remediation or risk-reduction measures since 2011.
Soils can offset greenhouse gas emissions, but use of fertilisers can lead to increased N2O emissions from soil
Mar 06 2018

A study just published by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Nature Climate Change shows that soils can be a net sink of greenhouse gases through increased storage of organic carbon.

However, unless the use of fertilisers is adjusted to balance additional nitrogen inputs, any climate change mitigation benefit may be offset through higher nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from soil.

Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stabilise it in the soil.

Soil erosion affects over 12 million hectares of land in the EU
Feb 27 2018

Soil erosion costs European countries €1.25 billion in annual agricultural productivity loss and €155 million in the gross domestic product (GDP) loss, according to a JRC new study.

Soil erosion is the biggest threat to soil fertility and productivity, but the consequences do not stop there.

A recent JRC study combined biophysical and macroeconomic models to determine direct and macroeconomic costs of soil erosion, and the results are striking. 

Several new soil parameters will be measured in the next soil survey
Jan 05 2018
The JRC is ready to carry out the most comprehensive assessment of soil biodiversity across the continent.
soil erosion
Dec 15 2017

According to a new study, almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water, and deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse. The study also offers ideas on how agriculture can change to become a part of the solution from being part of the problem

Forest-covered land is increasing in Europe
Jul 27 2017
The area of soils covered with trees and artificial surfaces is increasing in Europe, while arable land areas are declining. Sparsely vegetated areas are the most vulnerable to soil loss.
Soil erosion by water is the most serious cause of soil degradation globally.
Jul 05 2017
The first ever global erosivity map gives new insights into the geography of the rain's impact on soil erosion.
A handful of soil
Jun 20 2016

A new study published in the journal Nature Communications shows that the type of soil used can often outweigh the effects of weather variability - such as year to year changes in rainfall and temperature.

A black centipede with yellow legs
May 23 2016

This unique atlas pays tribute to soil – the silent engine that keeps the planet alive – by providing a detailed analysis of soil organisms and the threats to soil biodiversity at a global scale.


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