Soil Takes Decades to Catch Up to Climate Changes

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(Inside Science) — Soil bacteria respond dramatically to changes in climate, but the full impacts aren’t felt for at least half a century, according to new research. The findings suggest that today’s climate conditions will continue to cause upheaval in the soil for decades. A team of Chinese and American researchers analyzed data from soil samples collected in recent years from 144 sites in Tibet, the U.S. and Canada. Next, they used statistical models to look for correlations between t