Former Director-General  José Graziano da Silva

Warming earth threatens to release huge amounts of carbon

Rising temperatures could release massive amounts of carbon trapped in the Earth’s soil, the United Nations agricultural agency Tuesday reported, warning that soil management could make or break climate change response efforts. Plants and organic residues take in carbon and then sequester it into soil, creating a vast reservoir of carbon. But when soil is disturbed or degraded, trapped carbon and other greenhouse gases resulting from decay are re-released back into the atmosphere, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) explained in a press release.