As science moves forward and we learn more and more about our planet, we are still finding out newe and facinating facts about the humble earthworm.
Already we know how earthworms help with recycling but a side affect to this was the amount of carbon that was being released because of the recycling process. It now appears that earthworms trap more carbon dioxide in the soil than they release into the atmosphere.
You can read more on the overall process from a great article by Tanya Lewis At Livescience…..
http://news.google.com Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:07:53 GMT
Mother Nature NetworkHow earthworms cut their carbon footprint — even though they have no feetNBCNews.com (blog)Earthworms may release a significant amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, some past studies have concluded, but new research sug …
Or see what Leigh who is a Senior Technical Communicator working in the energy sector in Dallas, Texas as to say on the subject.
http://news.google.com Fri, 18 Oct 2013 03:25:10 GMT
Earthworms Stimulate Carbon SequestrationThe Green OptimisticScientists previously thought that because earthworms move soil and encourage the breakdown of organic matter to produce carbon dioxide, they increased CO2 emissions from soils by an averag …
So this new evidence shows that the down side to earthworm recycling-releasing carbon dioxide-may not be to the extent originally thought, and further studies in my opinion my finally exempt the earthworm of the stigma of increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.