My pickup truck has been taking the heat but it was the worms, people, the worms. And their numbers are on the rise…
The presence of worms affects how much carbon dioxide is produced in the soil and how much escapes to the atmosphere. Scientists are concerned that earthworms increase greenhouse gas emissions – and that earthworm numbers are on the rise.
Nitrous oxide is another powerful greenhouse gas. Bacteria in the earthworms’ gut produce nitrous oxide and emissions from worm-infested soil can be three times as high as from soil without any worms, the paper says.
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