Ants & CO2 emissions
Ants could be both increasing and reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere!
These tiny critters could have a lot more to do with CO2 emissions – one way and the other – than one would have thought.
Confusing? Here we go.
On the one hand, underground nests built by ants such as leaf cutter ants reportedly release 100,000 times the amount of CO2 from those soils than the surrounding soil surfaces, according to one study, which calls these nests “CO2 chimneys” – a fair enough term, in my opinion. ( See more – https://lnkd.in/gRuW5bFr )
On the other, an Arizona State Univ study has found that some ant species help weathering minerals in using CO2 to produce calcium carbonate, and in the process sequester carbon. (See more – https://lnkd.in/gYTCychk )
Get to know more such unknown stuff about CO2 from All about CO2 – https://lnkd.in/ge8KveP7
See my LinkedIn post on this topic