Carbon in the soil would be much more sensitive to global warming than previously thought. It could thus constitute an additional source of greenhouse gases.
An international scientific team has shown for the first time how the soil reacts to global warming on the entire planet. The findings show that soil would contribute to accelerate this global climate phenomenon: under the influence of heat, soil microorganisms would break down organic material more rapidly, and release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - which would enhance the change. climate.
The research team of the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Jena, the University of Bristol in Great Britain, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, USA, have published their work in the United States. edition of the January 20 of the journal Nature.