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World Soil Day: the disappearing ground beneath our feet

World Soil Day: the disappearing ground beneath our feet

Our soils are under threat from intensive agriculture and climate change
"We cannot be complacent if we want to conserve the soil and the carbon, nutrients and biodiversity it holds for future generations"
Our soils are under threat from intensive agriculture and climate change

Our soils are under threat from ever more intensive agriculture and climate changes. Extreme rainfall events such as Storm Frank in 2016 are predicted to become more common: a recent report from the Met Office suggested that there is a 34% chance of somewhere in the UK breaking a rainfall record each winter. Apart from flooding, these rainfall events can cause widespread erosion on unprotected or damaged soils, loss of soil nutrients and carbon, reduced crop growth and pollution of our rivers and streams.

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Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute