“There’s 3x more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere – but that carbon’s being released by deforestation and poor farming.”

A new report to be issued on 5/6 from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warns that climate change can’t be halted unless we stop degrading the soil.

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rice paddyA small but mighty ally in the fight against climate change may be hiding right beneath our feet. Researchers at The Arctic University of Norway report in a new paper that they’ve isolated and grown a species of bacteria, Methylocapsa gorgona, that lives on methane. For now researchers are focusing on its role in the ground, but there is hope that M. gorgona could join the arsenal of greenhouse gas eating bacteria.

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