Freshwater lakes emit a dangerous amount of carbon – and it’s only going to get worse (WEF)

  • Research reveals that microbes in lakes release as much as 25% of the net carbon from Earth’s surface into the atmosphere
  • It’s surprising given lakes only cover 4% of the planet’s land surface
  • The more organic matter there is in lakes – including fallen leaves – the more carbon is emitted
  • Managing land near lakes could help reduce carbon emissions

, Reader in Global Change Ecology, , University of Cambridge

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