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Groundwater is heating up, threatening life below and above the surface

As the atmosphere continues to heat up, more and more heat is penetrating underground. The heat shows up in temperature measurements taken in boreholes around the world. This can be extracted using heat pumps, which are increasing in popularity for space heating across Europe. But warmer groundwater is harmful for the rich array of life found underground – and for the many plants and animals who depend on groundwater for their survival. Any changes in temperature can seriously disrupt the niche they have adapted to.

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