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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
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
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.
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.
The overwhelming majority of soil resources across the globe are in poor condition and their health is worsening, according to the first global status report on soil resources, which is being presented today in Rome in anticipation of the World Soil Day (5 December). The JRC provided extensive contributions, particularly on the regional assessment of soils in Europe. The World Soil resources report is one of the main achievements of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in the context of the International Year of Soil (IYS).
A recent assessment carried out by the JRC estimates that water erodes 970 million tonnes of soil every year in the EU.
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.
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.