Climate change is affecting our Earth’s atmosphere and environment, and our planet is frequently experiencing ups and down now-days. Various research regarding climate change and its effects are done through using the analysis and advanced techniques. Most of the studies on climate change are done at atmospheric levels.
A new study published in the journal Science claims that carbon emission from warm soil can increase more temperature of Earth than estimated. Thus, it can create a dangerous feedback loop that may intensify global warming.
The findings are based on a 26 years observational research in a Massachusetts hardwood forest, where researchers artificially heated some sections of soil to see the amount of carbon released.
The result of this research has unveiled that warm dirt has increased the disaster of global warming. Researchers noted that when Earth’s temperature increases, microbes in the soil accelerate the organic material’s breakdown and always releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
So that, the more the soil heats up, the more carbon it produces to the atmosphere which raises the Earth’s temperature. It results in more heating of atmosphere and soil which once again releases more carbon.
Study researcher Jerry Melillo from the Marine Biological Laboratory said, “If a significant amount of that soil carbon is added to the atmosphere due to microbial activity is warmer soils that will accelerate the global warming process.” “Once this self-reinforcing feedback begins, there is no easy way to turn it off. There is no switch to flip,” he added.