The Week in Soil

The University of Plymouth are analysing soil at the Eden Project in order to design a soil that is ‘as resilient as possible’. They hope their findings will help protect topsoils elsewhere from the effects of climate change.

Seeds of Change awards have been given to 5 dedicated leaders in the field of soil health at the 5th annual summit of the Soil Health Partnership, taking place this year on 15-16 January in St Louis.

A pioneering study published in Nature Communications has revealed the rate at which the temperature of the world’s permafrost soils is rising. Climate change has caused an average rise of 0.3 degrees in regions across the globe, with the highest rise of 1 degree being recorded in Siberia.

A focus on people fascinated by soil in cities highlights the difference urban soil can make to our climate change and environment problems.

The discovery of a new strain of antibiotic found to inhibit multi-resistant bacteria on the WHO’s critical priority list has had surprising effects as hordes of visitors descend on a churchyard in Ireland to collect bucket-loads of the ‘miracle soil’.

Climate change-induced soil salinity increases in Bangladesh have been noted by researchers as immediately effecting coastal areas and gradually intruding further inland, with marked and alarming effects for the region’s inhabitants.

And after the historic soft landing of the Chinese lunar probe on the far side of the moon earlier this year, China has announced a further mission in December aiming to return with 2kgs of lunar soil and rock.