Here is a snapshot of what has been happening in soil carbon in Australia and around the world over the last week or so:
- New report highlights the business case for investing in soil health: launch by World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) of a new report highlighting the business case for investing in soil health. “The Business Case for Investing in Soil Health” shows how companies around the world are beginning to address the issue and identifies the next steps for scaling-up action and investment in soil health – https://www.wbcsd.org/Programs/Food-Land-Water/Food-Land-Use/Climate-Smart-Agriculture/News/the-business-case-for-investing-in-soil-health
- Put more carbon in soils to meet Paris climate pledges: eight steps to make soils more resilient to drought, produce more food and store emissions from climate change and agricultural scientists on the science and technical committee of the organization ‘4 per 1000’ – https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07587-4
- Back to the land: rethinking our approach to soil: a report by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) calling for a radical rethink of farming practices and soil management in order to help regenerate soils that underpin supply of food and environment. Five solutions to reduce degradation and soil loss, and help regeneration through sustainable management are suggested – https://www.cpre.org.uk/resources/farming-and-food/farming/item/5013-back-to-the-land-rethinking-our-approach-to-soil
- South-west farm chosen for ‘Keeping Carbon on the Farm’ project: overview of the pilot project run by the Heytesbury and District Landcare Network with $146,582 in funding from the Victorian state government – https://www.standard.net.au/story/5794263/south-west-farm-chosen-for-keeping-carbon-on-the-farm-project/?cs=12
- We need more carbon in our soil to help Australian farmers through the drought: summary of the relationship between soil organic carbon, soil structure and water (ability to absorb, store and decrease evaporation and runoff) – https://theconversation.com/we-need-more-carbon-in-our-soil-to-help-australian-farmers-through-the-drought-102991
- Charles Massy talks about regenerative agriculture and his book Call of the Reed Warbler in Boulder, Colorado: Interview with Charles Massy, an Australian farmer, scientist and proponent of regenerative agriculture. He was in Boulder recently as part of the Regenerative Earth Summit to talk about his new book Call of the Reed Warbler, A New Agriculture, A New Earth – http://news.kgnu.org/2018/12/call-of-the-reed-warbler-a-new-agriculture-a-new-earth/
- Non-Flat Earth Recalibrated for Terrain and Topsoil: a study on the surface area of the Earth, with increased calculation of area as a result of accounting for topography. Conclusions are drawn on the increased amount of soil organic carbon stored on land – https://www.mdpi.com/2571-8789/2/4/64.
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