Thawing microbes could control the climate

New Scientist: As the Arctic permafrost melts over the coming decades, long-frozen microorganisms will thaw out and start feasting on the soil. The first have already begun to wake up "“ and early signs are that they will have a major impact on how Earth's climate changes. As the Arctic permafrost thaws, runaway global warming may ensue, because the huge amounts of organic carbon the permafrost contains will escape into the atmosphere. To find out how the permafrost's microorganisms will respond to a thaw,......

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