Study finds accelerated soil carbon loss, increasing the rate of climate change

Research published in Science today found that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more carbon dioxide, accelerating climate change.

Warming soil releases more CO2

As soil warms from climate change, it releases additional carbon into the atmosphere – but that effect diminishes over the long term, say scientists.

Video: Curiosity samples Martian soil at Rocknest



NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has successfully collected and sampled a scoopful of sand and powdery material at the "Rocknest" site on the Red Planet.

Could alien soils make spacecraft heat shields?

NASA scientists will next week test whether a heat shield made from the soil of the moon, Mars or an asteroid could stand up to a plunge through Earth's atmosphere.

Glass bubble find may explain weird lunar soil

The discovery of nanoparticles inside bubbles of glass in lunar soil could explain why the moon's surface topsoil has such unusual properties.

Soil microbes amplify global warming

As carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, the soil releases ever more of two other potent greenhouse gases, new research has found.

Nanoparticles lethal to Arctic ecosystem

Queen’s University researchers have discovered that nanoparticles - now found in everything from socks to suntan lotion - may be causing irreparable harm to soil systems and the environment.