We know that global warming can be caused by carbon dioxide emissions, solar flares and natural Earth cycles, and…fungus? But it’s true?there are tiny fungi living under the snow high in the Rocky Mountains that produce large quantities of greenhouse gases.

When these fungi reproduce, they create nitrogen and carbon dioxide, which could affect global warming. “This is important because these microbes may increase the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and could change estimates of carbon fluctuation on Earth,” says researcher Steve Schmidt.

This could be a major cause of global warming because 40% of the Earth’s land is covered by snow every winter. Schmidt says, “The amount of microbial activity is probably very high in places like Canada, Alaska and Siberia that have enormous amounts of snow pack over large areas for extended periods.”

Sometimes it’s hard to believe the amazing things that go on here.

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