Soil Fact sheets from the International Union of Soil Sciences

11th April 2018

Did you know that the International Union of Soil Sciences has provided factsheets on soil issues?

The topics covered include soil and climate change, soil degradation and desertification, soil perception of society, soil and biodiversity, soil governance and soil and health.

The factsheets are written by well-known experts and are addressed to scientists as well as decision makers and opinion leaders.

Draining peatlands gives global rise to greenhouse laughing-gas emissions

29th March 2018

Drained fertile peatlands around the globe are hotspots for the atmospheric emission of laughing-gas - a powerful greenhouse gas called nitrous oxide, which is partly responsible for global warming and destruction of the ozone layer, a new study shows. 

Research into natural peatlands such as fens, swamps and bogs, as well as drained peatlands, found that either draining wet soils or irrigating well drained soils boosts the emission of nitrous oxide significantly.