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Berlin, Nov 17 (Canadian-Media): A study of soil and how it was affected by multiple factors of climate change was done by a team of ecologists at Freie Universität Berlin showed that we need to rethink climate change biology with a focus on the multitude of factors and their interactions, phys.org/news reported.
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The team, led by Prof. Dr. Matthias Rillig, experimentally examined effects increasing number of factors of climate change like increasing temperature, drought, the presence of microplastic, various pesticides, heavy metals, salinity, atmospheric nitrogen deposition and found that and it was difficult to accurately predict effects when many factors were involved.
The study highlights the urgent need to focus on multifactor studies and appears in the current issue of Science.
This means that scientists are currently still quite ignorant of what might actually happen with climate change in reality, with more and more factors acting on ecosystems. For example, in the experiment, soils became water-repellent with many factors applied, something that was not apparent at all from looking at the single-factor results. But one thing was clear multiple factors of climate change there was a decline in soil functions and in biodiversity.
On the other hand, this might also mean every factor that we eliminate or reduce will potentially help soils and ecosystems.
"What has become very clear from our study is that we need to rethink climate change biology with a focus on the multitude of factors and their interactions," says Rillig.