The Week in Soil

Our weekly blog features the main scientific, political and cultural soil-related stories of interest from across the web over the previous seven days, available on our website and through our Twitter account every Friday morning.

18 December 2020
  • Flooding and soil erosion in the UK
  • Big brands to assess soil health in France
  • Sustainable farming scheme in Wales
  • Rewilding report
  • Garden centre sanctions for selling peat compost
11 December 2020
  • First report on soil biodiversity
  • The Sixth Carbon Budget
  • New report on Welsh farming
  • Natural England to adopt tougher monitoring of SSSIs
  • Artificial soil’s
04 December 2020
  • England's new roadmap for sustainable farming
  • EU Soil Observatory
  • New map of soil organic carbon
  • BBC soil animation
  • Launch of a community soil hub: uksoils!
27 November 2020
  • UK 2020 Spending Review
  • Soil compound for antibiotic resistance
  • Worm-like soil-swimming robots
  • Soil respiration dataset, lunar soil
  • Lunar soil
20 November 2020
  • UK PM’s climate plan references soil health
  • US president’s advisors call for a carbon bank for farmers
  • UK peatland burning debate
  • Social-ecological framework for soil carbon policy
  • Meadow’s soil carbon quantified
13 November 2020
  • England's Agricultural bill becomes law
  • Soil Association report ‘Grow back better’
  • Natural England budget cuts
  • SSA executive co-director on soil carbon
  • Ensuring your chocolate bar isn't degrading soils
06 November 2020
  • Rise in global temperatures leading to release in soil carbon
  • England ’s new Nature Recovery Network
  • Phosphate in Welsh rivers
  • EU nitrate directive insufficient
  • Tracking your beer’s barley for soil health
30 October 2020
  • NCC report on UK's 25 YEP
  • Unchecked report on UK’s enforcement gap
  • Forbes encouraging investing in healthy soils
  • Waitrose farm swapping machines for sheep
  • Soil phosphorus in Northern Ireland
23 October 2020
  • EU habitats at risk
  • EU on farm carbon sequestration
  • UK biodiversity net gain for developers
  • Soil disturbance impact on plant growth
  • Asteroid soil
16 October 2020
  • Noah’s ark of soil microbes
  • Agricultural Bill amendments rejected
  • NFU’s new report
  • Home developments on peatland
  • Sewage pollution risks
09 October 2020
  • Earthshot Priz
  • Underestimated nitrous oxide emissions
  • ‘Nature Means Business’ report
  • EA limited funding
  • Poultry units pollution
02 October 2020
  • England's farms inspected every 263 years
  • UN Biodiversity Summit
  • Kew Gardens new report
  • Northern Real Farming Conference
  • McDonald’s fund for potato farmers
25 September 2020
  • ‘Kiss the Ground’ documentary
  • Lords amendments to Agricultural Bill
  • EU Horizon soil mission
  • GSBI unites with EU Coalition for biodiversity
  • UK pesticide ban
18 September 2020
  • WWF’s 'Living Planet Report 2020’
  • New data on soil lifespans
  • ’Nitrate-trading’ pilot scheme
  • UK rivers polluted
  • Long-lasting impacts of deforestation
10 September 2020
  • IUCN report
  • Soil erosion by water analysis
  • Soil age regulates silicon cycling
  • Long term no till trials
  • Soils that liquify
03 September 2020
  • Microplastics impact soil life
  • Importing sewage sludge
  • Soil sniffers
  • Increasing Great Plains soil conservation
  • Climate change and permafrost microbes
27 August 2020
  • Soil erosion from water runoff to increase in next 50 years
  • Ranchers & conservationists join forces to save US grassland
  • Tech solutions for soil degradation
  • Carbon negative farming
  • Biochar in action
20 August 2020
  • Soil as extreme weather resilience
  • The risks of a disrupted nitrogen cycle
  • Nature Recovery Network pilots
  • Organic gardening on the increase
  • A global soil spectral library
13 August 2020
  • Wheat, wheatgrass and earthworms remediating polluted soil
  • New technologies increase effectiveness of soil testing after oil spills
  • Trees as important drivers of microbial communities
  • Advances in soil sampling
  • CO2 emissions from tropical soils
06 August 2020
  • SSA's responds to Defra’s ELM policy discussion
  • Agriculture Bill debate transcripts
  • UK’s global land use impact
  • Soil carbon in agricultural systems
  • Evidence nature destruction increases pandemic threat
30 July 2020
  • National Food Strategy Pt 1
  • Tree planting and soil carbon
  • Ground-nesting bees
  • Nature at the heart of development
  • Decreasing soil animal biomass
24 July 2020
  • Natural Capital Committee 25 YEP progress report
  • UK soil management survey results,
  • Acting to ban peat burning & horticultural use
  • Soil-to-soil textile processes
  • $1m soil health research funding
16 July 2020
  • EAC consultations
  • 30% degraded arable soils
  • UK announce Trade & Agriculture commission,
  • Wastewater fertiliser
  • Call for a Clean Soil Act
09 July 2020
  • SSA’s Director on the 100 harvests question
  • Land management as the root cause of zoonotic disease
  • Halving pesticide use to save insects
  • Supporting nature for a resilient bounce back
  • Fermented vs composted waste
02 July 2020
  • Agriculture Bill concerns
  • A ‘soil-first’ approach to farming
  • UK net zero progress and direction
  • Carbon and soil function
  • Soil life in the Amazon
25 June 2020
  • Defra consultation and stakeholder sessions
  • Shifting goalposts in ELM
  • Predicting soil respiration
  • Soil moisture’s impacts on microbial activity and carbon dynamics
  • Restoring soil health in Nepal

18 June 2020
  • WWF report urges a green recovery
  • National Trust’s agroecology triumph
  • UN Desertification & Drought Day
  • Black Lives Matter in environment and soils
  • Soil health and crop quality
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