New online community hub to inspire action to protect our soils

Monday, January 4, 2021

Life on earth depends on healthy soil – and experts hope a new online community hub will inspire policymakers, researchers, farmers, planners and the public to take action to protect this precious but degrading resource.

Soils are essential for food production, biodiversity, clean water and also regulating climate due to their ability to store and capture carbon. However, a third of the world’s soils are degraded due to intensive agriculture, pollution and climate change - resulting in large amounts of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere and threatening long-term sustainable food production.

Therefore, uksoils – “a single source for all things soil” – has been launched by a partnership comprising the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), the Sustainable Soils Alliance, Earthwatch, the University of Sheffield, the British Soil Science Society and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).


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