The climate crisis is unfolding far more rapidly than scientists predicted. It's a problem of spectacular and unprecedented magnitude, and humans have to implement large-scale solutions to help de-escalate this crisis.
The ambitious goal is to develop a real-world system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they vent into the atmosphere and then use solar energy to convert the CO2 into chemical products including biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs, and even liquid fuels.
It may sound like an idea dreamed up at Woodstock with the help of some mind-altering substances, but researchers are finding ways to tap into the power of photosynthesis to generate at least small amounts of electricity.
Since all "higher" and large multicellular organisms, including ourselves, are eukaryotes, the formation of the eukaryotic cell is arguably the single most important evolutionary event since the origin of life.