University of Kansas Field Station

Research in Billings lab in the news

Published on January 11, 2013 by Jennifer Delisle

Tags: Climate change

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. Read more here.