Viewfinder: Farmers in Germany Fear Possible Summer Drought
The photographer lets soil the texture of dry sand slip through his fingers at a farmer's field on April 25th, 2019, near Liebenwalde, Germany.
Researchers Uncover Just How Damaging Fires and Logging Are to Forest Soil
Forest soils recover from disturbances slowly over many years—up to 80 years following a wildfire and as many as 30 years after logging, much longer than previously thought.
How Termites Help Tropical Forests Withstand Droughts
A new study found that, during drought conditions, increased termite activity led to considerably higher leaf litter decomposition, increased soil moisture, and greater diversity in soil nutrient distribution.
Dispatches: Re-Discovering Terra Preta in Amazonia
News and notes from Pacific Standard staff and contributors.
California's Farms Are an Even Larger Source of Air Pollution Than We Thought
A new study uncovers an underappreciated source of air pollution in the Golden State: fertilized soil.
Underground, Crustaceans May Help Fight Climate Change
Small, soil-dwelling animals may help ease climate change, a new study shows.
Holistic Management: Getting Carbon Back in the Soil
A smarter way of raising herd animals, known as holistic management, may be a catalyst to helping the soil reclaim its role as a global carbon sponge.