Social insects are not only incredibly cool- they may also be very useful. Newly published research shows that ants may increase the absorption of CO2 from the atmosphere enough to slow global warming. Although we should always be skeptical when something sounds too good to be true- there is no denying that this is pretty cool!
Using ants to help capture CO2 and help fight global warming stems from a study Dorn published recently in Geology linking ants to the acceleration of natural carbon dioxide absorption in rock by up to 335 times, compared with absorption in ant-free areas. Responding to the study, David Schwartzman, emeritus professor of biogeochemistry at Howard University who reviewed but was not a part of the research, said that encouraging ant colonization “will be important in carbon sequestration” from the atmosphere.