Posted by: Dr. Breffni Lennon | June 11, 2012

Phys.org: Global warming threat found in fertile soils of northeastern US forests

A new study by University of California, Irvine highlights the risk that vast resevoirs of carbon, currently stored in U.S. forest soils, will be released as a result of rising global temperatures.

“We found that decades-old carbon in surface soils is released to the atmosphere faster when temperatures become warmer,” said lead author Francesca Hopkins, a doctoral researcher in UCI’s  department. “This suggests that soils could accelerate global warming through a vicious cycle in which man-made warming releases carbon from soils to the atmosphere, which, in turn, would warm the planet more.”

The full article can be accessed here.

The University of California Irvine news release can be accessed here.

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