Every year 40 million tons of carbon dioxide gets into the atmosphere, but only less than half of it remains in it, can accumulate and somehow affect life on the planet. Most of the gas is absorbed by plants, something dissolves in the oceans, the rest enters the soil and remains there. But it has its own limit for the accumulation of gases and scientists have found that it is drastically reduced.
The alarm was sounded by researchers from Columbia University, who published a detailed analysis of the impact on the Earth's hydrological cycle of phenomena such as floods and droughts. Both that, and another in recent years began to be observed too often, and the scale of the vagaries of the weather is frankly frightening. Well, here's another reason to be nervous - dry or wet earth absorbs carbon dioxide at times worse, which contributes to an increase in its concentration in the atmosphere.
The scientists analyzed changes in a parameter such as net biome productivity, depending on soil moisture. And they came to the conclusion that, on average, due to floods and droughts, the soil's ability to absorb carbon dioxide has already halved. This is an extremely dangerous indicator, but even worse, both factors are interrelated and reinforce each other.
The less carbon dioxide the earth absorbs, the more it will remain in the atmosphere, and the faster it will heat up. This will stimulate even more destructive climate change, increase the number of droughts and floods, due to which the absorptive capacity of the soil is degraded even more. There are no more forests in the world that could compensate for this gap, and humanity in its mass is also in no hurry to reduce the amount of emissions. This means that the planet is in for even greater problems than it is now.