To avoid global warming on a catastrophic scale, nations need to reduce emissions and find ways to pull carbon from the air. One promising solution: spreading rock dust on farm fields.
The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted interest in home gardening. Three scientists who garden explain some basic methods for controlling common insects and microbes that can spoil your crop.
Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.
There's growing interest in making the US food system more resilient and flexible, but soil – the origin of nearly everything we eat – is often left out of the picture.
That smell you detect after it rains is part of a chemical language between bacteria and animals.
The drought has pushed many trees to the brink, and whole stands are now dying. The ecological consequences are huge.
These Aussie diggers boost the health of our soils. But up until recently, we didn't know just how much soil they can turn over (hint: it's a lot).
Scientists are building up a picture of how much carbon can be taken out of the atmosphere and stored in coastal ecosystems.
The predatory flatworm Obama nungara travelled in potted plants from Argentina to Europe, where it's distrupting soil ecosystems. Now, citizen-scientists are helping map their distribution.
Storing more carbon in soil helps slow climate change and makes croplands more productive. But there are two kinds of soil carbon that are both important, but function very differently.
Although China's tree-planting efforts have increased carbon sequestration for climate mitigation and protected the soil from erosion, they have also led to drastic water shortages.
Areas of the UK may lose their topsoil in little over a century according to new research.
Ethiopian researchers put together maps which show where there are soil fertility issues and whether nutrients are missing.
A real-life experiment to mimic future conditions for soils affected by climate change suggests that some of the biggest impacts could be to ecosystems buried out of sight beneath our feet.
More than one-fifth of global warming emissions come from land use. Sustainable farming can make soil healthier and better able to soak up carbon, while saving energy and boosting food production.
They might be a hated household pest, but ants actually live fascinating and complex lives.
Resistance to antibiotics is not a new trait, and it is impossible to prevent. But it is possible to avoid its spread.
Thousands of years of history tells the same story over and over: you ignore soil at your peril.
Because the interactions between trees, soils, crops and livestock can be positive or negative, their relationship must be balanced and understood.
Understanding the different facets of soil reveals a complex and fascinating cultural and evolutionary history.