Research in Billings lab in the news
Published on January 11, 2013 by Jennifer Delisle
LAWRENCE — A grim hazard of climate change is that “positive feedbacks” will augment the warming induced by human activities.
One such a positive feedback loop that could spiral out of control lies directly underfoot. When microorganisms in the soil break down organic matter like dead plants, they also emit heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. The warmer the world gets, the busier the microorganisms in many places could become, producing relatively more greenhouse gases.
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