The Week in Soil

A new edition of the World Atlas of Desertification shows that over 75% of the Earth's land area is already degraded, and over 90% could become degraded by 2050.

A startup selling canisters of "pure Irish soil" has secured its first major sales in the United States, targeting the lucrative funeral market – for people who want to be buried in Irish dirt.

The Communications & Education Action Team of the US Soil Health Institute (SHI) has announced that it is publishing a catalogue of soil health educational resources for educators and the general public, organized by audience and subject matter.

Soil was a major theme at this year’s Cereals 2018 which showcased the many options available for improving soil structure from mechanical practices to cropping choices.

The event saw the launch of a new initiative bringing together scientists, academics, farm advisers and farming bodies to better understand and improve the health of UK soils, as well as The Big Soil Community, which aims to break down the complexity of soil biology and develop an applied knowledge-base which will support farmers in unlocking the potential of soil health.

A group of farmers in Scotland have used the Royal Highland Show to launch a Nature Friendly Farming Network for the country.  It says that the scale of the decline in wildlife and soil quality mean that nature friendly practises need to be "scaled up rapidly" with more policy support.

Michael Gove and the Environment Agency have set out ambitious measures for the UK Water Industry, calling on it to help tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the water environment, from the spread of invasive species and low flows to the effects of chemical and nutrient pollution

A new global map of soil carbon in mangrove forests has been launched to help develop global ecosystem services. Mangrove forests are among the most carbon-dense ecosystems in the world and valuable sinks for carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.