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February 6 2013

Earthworms Could Make Climate Change Worse


Earthworms aren’t just good at making soil; they’re also proficient at unlocking greenhouse gas emissions from their dirt meals. While worms likely won’t bring on a global warming catastrophe, the Guardian writes, they do play a larger role in greenhouse gas emissions than scientists previously thought.

In a new Nature Climate Change study, researchers sorted through 237 different worm studies conducted around the world to figure out the creatures’ role in greenhouse gas emissions. It’s been known for awhile that earthworms have a role both in producing greenhouses and in limiting the amount of these gases that makes it into atmosphere.

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