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Coastal marsh sediments produce a climate cooling gas

"Bacteria found in muddy marshes, estuaries and coastal sediment synthesise one of the Earth’s most abundant climate cooling gases... 'DMS is produced when microorganisms break down DMSP, and it is important because it affects atmospheric chemistry, cloud formation and potentially climate – by increasing cloud droplets that in turn reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the ocean’s surface... Amazingly we discovered that there were as much as 100 million DMSP-producing bacteria per gram of salt marsh sediment"" - Excerpt from University of East Anglia

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