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Many scientists think that climate change is a considerable threat and that we are running out of time to do something. In addition, a new study shows that trees may not be as beneficial in combating environmental change as we believed.

A deep dip into the 5,500 marine RNA virus species that the scientists recently observed has found that numerous may help drive the carbon absorbed from the atmosphere to durable storage on the ocean floor.

“The findings are important for model development and predicting what is happening with carbon in the correct direction and at the correct magnitude,” announced Ahmed Zayed, a microbiology research scientist at The Ohio State University and co-first author of the study.

Lead author Matthew Sullivan, a professor of microbiology at Ohio State, envisions observing viruses that, when engineered on a massive scale, could function as controllable “knobs” on a biological pump that affects how carbon in the ocean is stocked.

“As humans put more carbon into the atmosphere, we’re dependent on the massive buffering capacity of the ocean to slow climate change. We’re growing more and more aware that we might need to tune the pump at the scale of the ocean,” Sullivan explained.

Scientists are interested in viruses that could tune toward an additional digestible carbon, enabling the system to grow, produce bigger and bigger cells, and plummet. And if it sinks, we will attain another few hundred or a thousand years from the worst consequences of climate change.

“I think society is basically counting on that kind of technological fix, but it’s a complex foundational science problem to tease apart.”

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