If you want to do something about global warming, look under your feet. Managed well, soil’s ability to trap carbon dioxide is potentially much greater than previously estimated, according to researchers who say the resource could “significantly” offset increasing global emissions.

The scientists also call for a reversal of federal cutbacks to related research programs to learn more about this valuable resource.

The work, published in two overlapping papers Oct. 5 in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, and Global Change Biology, emphasizes the need for more research into how soil—if managed well—could mitigate a rapidly changing climate.

Stanford University researchers led both research teams, which include scientists from more than a dozen institutions, including the University of Michigan.

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