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Forest-covered land is increasing in Europe Forest-covered land is increasing in Europe
©Fotolia apfelweile
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.
©Fotolia lucag_g
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.
©Fotolia, Frank
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.
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).

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.
©EU, 2015
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.

Collage of images representing soil Soil is a mixture of mineral particles, organic matter, water, air and living organisms that together is considered to be the “skin of the earth”.
©EU, 2015
Apr 22 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.

A meadow of golden flowers EU environment policy has delivered substantial benefits for citizens over the past five years, but more ambitious and integrated policy is needed for the future.
©Fotolia, opaziopuccio
Mar 04 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).

Soil erosion in a field Rainfall is one the main drivers of soil erosion.
©Fotolia, Madeleine Openshaw
Feb 16 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.

Graphic of a cut-out of the soil showing potatoes, carrots, onions, beetroot, radishes and parsnip growing under the ground It takes around 100 years in temperate climates for 1cm of soil to form.
©FAO, 2014
Dec 05 2014

Today, 5 December, is World Soil Day, which celebrates the importance of soil as a vital contributor to ecosystems' functioning, food, water and energy security, and as a mitigator of biodiversity loss and climate change. World Soil Day aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness of their importance in our lives.