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18 June 2019

Scientists’ warning to humanity: microorganisms and climate change

In the Anthropocene, in which we now live, climate change is impacting most life on Earth. Microorganisms support the existence of all higher trophic life forms. To understand how humans and other life forms on Earth (including those we are yet to discover) can withstand anthropogenic climate change, it is vital to incorporate knowledge of the microbial ‘unseen majority’. We must learn not just how microorganisms affect climate change (including production and consumption of greenhouse gases) but also how they will be affected by climate change and other human activities. This Consensus Statement documents the central role and global importance of microorganisms in climate change biology. It also puts humanity on notice that the impact of climate change will depend heavily on responses of microorganisms, which are essential for achieving an environmentally sustainable future.

Trillions of (micro) species -- https://cosmosmagazine.com/life-sciences/earth-home-trillion-species


Microbial 'new' Tree of Life -- http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/12/science/scientists-unveil-new-tree-of-life.html

Microbes on land, in the soil -- http://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/Category:Soil

Microbes-Cyanobacteria in the oceans, Blue-Green life -- www.tinybluegreen.com / http://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/TinyBlueGreen


Microbiomes at risk -- http://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/Microbiomes_at_Risk

Earth may be home to a trillion species? -- http://www.archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2016/05/earth-may-be-home-to-one-trillion.html

"Earth could contain nearly 1 trillion species, with only one-thousandth of 1 percent now identified"
Study results suggest that actually identifying every microbial species on Earth is an almost unimaginably huge challenge. To put the task in perspective, the Earth Microbiome Project -- a global multidisciplinary project to identify microscope organisms -- has so far cataloged less than 10 million species.
"Of those cataloged species, only about 10,000 have ever been grown in a lab, and fewer than 100,000 have classified sequences... this leaves 100,000 times more microorganisms awaiting discovery -- and 100 million to be fully explored. Microbial biodiversity, it appears, is greater than ever imagined."



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