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Carbon-chomping soil bacteria may pose concealed climate threat

Much of the earth’s carbon is trapped in soil, and scientists have assumed that potential climate-warming compounds would safely stay there for centuries. But new research from Princeton University shows that carbon molecules can potentially escape the soil much faster than previously thought. The findings suggest a key role for some types of soil bacteria,…

Much of this earth’s carbon is trapped in land, and scientists have assumed that potential climate-warming chemicals would safely stay there for centuries. But new study from Princeton University shows that carbon molecules can potentially escape the soil much faster than previously believed. The findings indicate a key role for some varieties of soil bacteria, which can create enzymes that break down big carbon-based molecules and allow carbon dioxide to escape into the air.
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