Soil Carbon update November 2018

Here is a snapshot of what has been happening in soil carbon in Australia and around the world over the last week or so:

  • Plastics in Soil: A Challenge: an interview with Professor Alex McBratney on the environmental issues of plastic pollution from mulching, wrapping and binding affecting soils
  • Ag department announces healthy soil biomass pilot program: an overview of the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Heath Soil Biomass pilot program paying farmers to plant winter cover crops
  • National Cotton Council of America developing US Cotton Trust Protocol: an integrated data collection, measurement and verification procedure to track US progress on national sustainability goals, including a 30% increase in soil carbon by 2025
  • Part of the Answer to Climate Change May Be America’s Trees and Dirt, Scientists Say: a New York Times article on natural climate solutions, including building soil carbon through new agricultural practices
  • Farmers’ perspective vital to long-term improvements in agricultural practices: an overview of a study from scientists at UWA examining temperate perennial grass pastures as a mechanism to build soil organic carbon
  • Soil C Quest’s field test: updated on broad scale trials of inoculum to accelerate soil carbon sequestration

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