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Coverage of soil degradation since May 19, 2020.

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Sustainable U: Fast fashion and its environmental impact

"...This consists of both water consumption and water pollution. For starters, it’s not surprising that the fashion industry is a super-soaker consumer of freshwater with textile dying being the second largest polluter of water streams globally. It takes up to 2,000 gallons of water to make a single pair of jeans..."

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Excess salt in soils puts food security at risk: FAO

"...3 December 2021Climate and EnvironmentImproper water management, including insufficient supply and poor quality drainage systems, are contributing to excessive soil salinization – a problem that threatens global food security, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  ..."

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Permaculture is Agriculture Reimagined JSTOR Daily

"...Urban areas rely on hinterlands, or the vast areas beyond the city limits, for their food needs. Donovan and Cuming highlight work from scholars and cities around the globe that use permaculture to “work with, rather than against nature. ” In Australia, one of the most highly suburbanized areas in the world, permaculture can bridge the gap between cities and the countryside by bringing food production into the city..."

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Health: Depleted soil at the root of poor health

"...Regulatory limits determine acceptable levels of nitrate in public drinking water supplies. But the degradation of groundwater from overapplication of nitrogen fertilizers is a major concern to researchers studying human health. A report in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health warns of a relationship between nitrate ingestion and colorectal cancer, thyroid disease, and neural tube defects, including at water nitrate levels below regulatory limits..."

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Bank of earth next to water and field

"...While high greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss are often associated with rapid land-use change in Indonesia, impacts on local water cycles have been largely overlooked. Researchers from the University of Göttingen, IPB University in Bogor and BMKG in Jakarta have now published a new study on this issue. They show that the expansion of monocultures, such as oil palm and rubber plantations, leads to more frequent and more severe flooding..."

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Unconventional farming methods could help smallholders fight back against climate change

"...But West African farmers - under pressure from climate change, drought, pests, and low soil fertility - have struggled to optimize the yield of this valuable crop. Conventional mineral fertilizers remain expensive for smallholders and can cause soil degradation..."

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Agriculture replaces fossil fuels as largest human source of sulfur in the environment

"...Historically, coal-fired power plants were the largest source of reactive sulfur to the biosphere--leading to acid rain in the 1960s and 1970s, and the degradation of forest and aquatic ecosystems across the northeastern U. S. and Europe..."

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Ten Solutions for Carbon Neutrality and Climate Stability

"...Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility- Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health, edited by Professors Al-Delaimy and V. Ramanathan from the University of California, San Diego, and Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Bishop-Chancellor of the Vatican’s  Pontifical Academy of Sciences, builds on the Pontifical Academy of Sciences November 2017 workshop Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health and the workshop’s declaration “Our Planet, Our Health, Our Responsibility. ”..."

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Material Testing Lab Technologist

"...soils, aggregates, concrete and asphalt products used in various construction projects including municipal infrastructure, land development and building construction..."

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Podcasts

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about soil degradation.

Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."

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Soil Health Basics: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 1

"...If a cotton producer adopts a soil health management system, they will help the cotton industry meet, and exceed, their key performance goals related to increased soil carbon and land use efficiency, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions, soil loss, water use, and energy use..."

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Soil Health Planning Principles: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 3

"...Soil function is related to the four ecosystem processes of carbon cycling, biocommunity cycling, water cycling and nutrient cycling, which are in every agroecosystem..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about soil degradation relevant to the latest news.

Climate Change and Salinity-Vulnerable Ecosystems in Latin America

"...Soil salinization is the cause of soil degradation affecting the functional health of ecosystems, the habitat and the local biodiversity..."

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Sustainable Soil Management for Food Security in South Asia

"...The extensive production of cereals and conventional soil management practices are increasing soil erosion; depleting soil organic matter, soil fertility, water resources, and increasing salinization..."

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Composted biochar affects structural dynamics, function and co-occurrence network patterns of fungi community

"...A few researchers have reported enhancing soil physicochemical properties and reducing greenhouse gas emission using biochar-compost mixture as an alternative method to address soil fertility, soil degradation and climate change..."

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Impact of land use type and organic farming on the abundance, diversity, community composition and functional properties of soil

"...The excessive application of chemical fertilizers in intensively managed agricultural fields worldwide has resulted in soil degradation and biodiversity loss..."

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Environmental and Economic Assessment of Land Degradation in Different Regions of the Russian Plain

"...Thus, the application of the action/inaction assessment method has shown that the restoration of land productivity and the maintenance of ecosystem services are economically viable..."

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Effects of biochar on soil fertility and crop productivity in arid regions: a review

"...As the world faces growing challenges from soil degradation and climate change, biochar application to soils represents a potential pathway forward..."

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Influence of Zinc on Engineering Properties of Soil

"...From the past decades, it is clearly understood that economic development of developing countries like India depends on industrialization and globalization, which intern affects the environment of living system in the form of soil pollution which is expressed as contamination, in India..."

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Eco-Holistic Soil Conservation to support Land Degradation Neutrality and the Sustainable Development Goals

"...The key principles underlying EHSC are: (1) perception of soils as living-systems, (2) holistic ecosystem approach, (3) central role of soil conservation for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and (4) ethical behavior in soil use..."

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Salinization in Peruvian North Coast Soils: Case Study in San Pedro de Lloc

"...It is concluded that the increase in the volume of water used for irrigation after the construction of the Gallito Ciego dam has raised the water table and soil salinization has been stimulated..."

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Understanding and Monitoring Chemical and Biological Soil Degradation

"...The aspects of chemical degradation, such as pollution, acidification, salinization, nutrient depletion and eutrophication are characterized shortly; for biological degradation, harm to soil microbiota and biodiversity, and soil organic matter depletion are considered..."

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Design of a Soil-based Climate-Smartness Index (SCSI) using the trend and variability of yields and soil organic carbon

"...Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) has had an increasing role in the agricultural policy arena, as it aims to address climate change mitigation, adaptation and food security goals in an integrated way..."

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Floating Rice Fields, The Quest for Solutions to Combat Drought, Floods and Rising Sea Levels

"...It would also eliminate crop failures due to droughts and floods soil degradation due to higher salinity and lower water table..."

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