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 in what way the ground would react to a warming climate on the entire planet. The findings show that the soil would help to speed the global climatic phenomenon: under the effect of heat, soil microorganisms decompose the organic material more quickly, and would release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - which would reinforce 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.