2015: International Year of Soils


Happy New Year – 2015 is the International Year of Soils!

I 'heart' soil

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS)….

The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.

— Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life

From food production to climate change, healthy soils are vital to life on this planet. The 2015 International Year of Soils aims to heighten awareness of our dependence on soil and to protect the soils of our Earth.

Soil Infographic

The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth

Soil/earth/land has inspired passion and poetry… for a reason. Let’s keep our soils vital and healthy. Watch and share this beautiful video about soils.

William Bryant Logan said that ‘soil is the ecstatic skin of the Earth.’ Living, life-giving, complex, misunderstood, so mysterious, the connector, the protector, the…

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Measuring ocean salinity from space

Keeping track of the ocean’s surface salinity is very important form an environmental standpoint, and there’s a neat article here about the satellite that helps ESA keep track of such things.

Peace and health
Mark Masselli