The Week in Soil

Between 50 to 700 million people could be driven from their homes by 2050 if governments don’t take action to address climate change and the decline in soil quality, according to a recent UN sponsored report which featured in The Guardian.

Soil health, including monitoring and tilling technologies is a focus of this year’s Cereal 2018, which started this week.

The European Union is in a “state of denial” over farming practices that harm wildlife according to the conservation group, Birdlife, which warns that Europe’s crisis of collapsing bird and insect numbers will only further worsen in the coming years.

In China a program is to deliver soil-friendly farming-based products, technologies and services to Chinese farmers has been launched.  It includes the creation of demonstration farmland and service sites in a thousand Chinese counties whose economies depend chiefly on agriculture

In India, Steel slag may soon finds its way into agricultural land as soil nutrient, potentially cutting down the country’s dependence on fertiliser imports.

Drained fertile peatlands around the globe are hotspots for the atmospheric emission of nitrous oxide – or laughing gas, which is partly responsible for global warming and destruction of the ozone layer, a new study from the University of Birmingham shows.

A former tin mine near Truru in Cornwall which has been closed since 1991 could become home to a contaminated soil treatment facility if plans are approved.  It has the potential to process up to 28,000 tonnes of contaminated soil at the site.

SSA News

In its report ‘Accelerating Green Finance’, the Government's green finance advisers, The Green Finance Taskforce,  have put forward a ten-point list of investment guidelines which they believe should accelerate the UK's global low-carbon leadership credentials.