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A warm response by soils

The flux of carbon from soils to the atmosphere has apparently increased with climate warming. But does this reflect a net loss of carbon to the atmosphere that could exacerbate climate change?

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Figure 1: Possible mechanisms driving increased soil respiration (RS) in a warming climate.


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Smith, P., Fang, C. A warm response by soils. Nature 464, 499–500 (2010).

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