The carbon contained in the soil would be much more sensitive to global warming than previously thought so far. It could thus constitute an additional source of greenhouse gas.
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 effect 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 from the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Jena, the University of Bristol in Britain, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, the US, have published their work in the '20 edition of January in the journal Nature.