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soil erosion According to a new study, almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water
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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

The JRC presents the new Global Energy and Climate Outlook at COP23 The JRC presents the new Global Energy and Climate Outlook at COP23
©European Union, 2017
Nov 08 2017
If countries invest in additional climate mitigation measures, hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved and the co-benefits will already offset the costs by 2030
Forest-covered land is increasing in Europe Forest-covered land is increasing in Europe
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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. Soil erosion by water is the most serious cause of soil degradation globally.
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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 Even though there may be more than 30 different soil types occurring in certain location (grid cell), global crop modellers use only one.
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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 Soil biodiversity reflects the mix of living organisms in the soil.
©Marshall Hedin
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.

Soil in hands Soils are fundamental to life on Earth, yet they are under threat of continuous degradation.
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Dec 04 2015

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).

Soil Soil erosion by water accounts for the greatest loss of soil in Europe compared to other erosion processes.
©EU, 2015
Sep 01 2015

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

Dry cracked earth Many parts of the European continent are experiencing one of the worst droughts since 2003.
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Aug 20 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.

Cover of the atlas showing a soil map of Latin America and the Caribbean English and Portuguese versions of the JRC Soil Atlas of Latin America and the Caribbean were launched on the ocassion of the EU-CELAC summit.
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Jun 10 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.

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