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German engineers have developed a biological way to absorb CO2 in the atmosphere that's far more efficient than what plants and algae use.


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One day the CETCH cycle could be genetically engineered into living organisms, helping them more rapidly reduce atmospheric CO2 while producing useful materials.

Right now the entire chemical industry is based on fossil fuels, whether you're talking about making plastics or textiles, antibiotics or your mobile phone," he says. Erb says that instead of adding to Earth's CO2 burden, industrial chemical production using these types of organisms could be actively fighting climate change while creating useful products.

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Plants currently turn CO2 into glucose for food (for lack of a better term). The process described in the article/paper turns CO2 into another chemical. The basic question is could plants use that other chemical instead of glucose to survive?

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