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09/19/2013

KQED Interviews Torn About Carbon & Soil

Source:  Margaret Torn & Dan Hawkes

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ESD’s Margaret Torn recently returned  from a field experiment in Barrow, Alaska, as part of the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE). In a featured article posted on the KQED QUEST website, science writer Jennifer Huber talks with Torn about this pioneering work she and her colleagues have undertaken, exploring the connections between soil and carbon.

“Soil is a big mystery,” explains Torn. “We don’t understand why soil holds so much carbon. And we don’t understand how a warming climate will affect soils, the question being whether a warming climate will result in carbon transferring from soils to the atmosphere as greenhouse gases, creating additional global warming.”

You can read the full feature, entitled “The Great Escape: How Soil Microbes Protect Us from Carbon Emissionshere »

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