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Whales are nature’s solution to climate change, report says

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The strategy that will be totally effective in reversing global warming is to find a way to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. And a natural option to do so is to increase the amount of whales in the oceans.

Now in a new report made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) entitled “The solution of nature to climate change”, a team of researchers have calculated that only a whale absorbs an average of 33 tons of CO2 throughout its life. Upon death, the whale sinks and that carbon is trapped at the bottom of the ocean and quite far from Earth’s atmosphere.

We have to stop killing the whales

The authors wrote in their report:

Nature has had millions of years to perfect its whale-based carbon sink technology. All we have to do is let the whales live. ”

It sounds very easy, but let’s say that to the whale hunters, to the industries that send huge whaling ships to kill them. It no longer looks so easy, unfortunately.

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And the trees?

Other researchers have suggested that trees are the best solution against climate change. One of them, the ecologist Thomas Crowther, a few months ago has declared:

Trees are our most powerful weapon in the fight against climate change. ”

This is how massive campaigns have been developed around the world, including sponsored by celebrities and philanthropists.

However, the authors of the IMF report have reported that the absorption potential of whales far exceeds to the trees. The numbers say: a tree can absorb up to 2.4 tons of carbon throughout its life, while a whale absorbs 33 tons. Keep in mind here, that there will always be a greater number of trees than whales and it is easier (as far as you can see) to conserve trees.

More than just absorbing carbon

Whales have an advantage and an important factor in favor: they do more than just trap carbon in their immense bodies, they also produce waste that the phytoplankton reuse, and researchers have estimated that these microscopic creatures capture an astonishing 40 percent of all the planet’s carbon dioxide.

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Courtesy: International Monetary Fund

This is the reason why researchers in charge of the new study suggest that whales are nature’s best solution to fight against climate change.

For this reason, whales should be protected and conserved much more optimally and should be the first purpose on the global climate agenda.

The authors added in their report:

When it comes to saving the planet, a whale is worth thousands of trees. ”

You can read the report on the website of the International Monetary Fund.


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Polar vortex: “wild” winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January

Polar vortex: "wild" winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January 97

In the upper atmosphere above the North Pole, experts saw a rapidly swirling vortex of cold air that could bring severe frosts to the United States, Northern Europe and East Asia. Serious cold snap and snowy weather are expected after January the 16th.

Snowfalls and a cold snap hit South Korea since the start of 2021, hitting historic snow maximums and temperatures. In the country, for the first time since 1964, television and newer communications are sending people cold snap warnings:

The situation is similar in Japan, where a new snow storm hit historic highs:

On January 7, the thermometer In Beijing dropped to -20 degrees Celsius, breaking the 1966 record. In other regions of China, the temperature is also not sugar, and you can only move around in special uniforms:

The cold even reached Taiwan, where the temperature in some areas dropped below freezing point, snow poured down and people realized that rice terraces can be used as a ski jump:

Even more snow went to Spain, where on January 6, 2021, a temperature of -34.1 ° C was recorded – the lowest on record. After that, a snow storm hit the country, which has not been seen for 80 years:

The same thing happens in Canada and in the northern states of the United States:

It seems that after a stratospheric warming, the subpolar vortex began to split:

The vortex itself is a standard phenomenon. However, this time experts were surprised at his movement. It is possible that in the near future it will be divided into two parts. 

Scientists associate the strange behavior with the changed climate in the Arctic, which has become warmer. From September to December, the amount of ice cover decreased significantly.

The polar vortex is a low-pressure region located in the stratosphere and filled with cold air. When the jet stream of air that holds the vortex weakens, the low pressure area moves south. 

As the ice shrinks, more moisture will move inland. It will turn to snow, so snowfalls are expected. Snow, in turn, reflects heat, leading to a cold snap.

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Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared

Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared 98

Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud crash at dawn when a huge hole in the ground formed outside the Ponticelli Ospedale del Mare hospital in eastern Naples.

Early in the morning of January 8, 2021, a sinkhole occurred in the parking lot of a clinic in Naples. The depth of the formed cavity is about 20 meters, the total area of ​​the hole is about 2,000 square meters.

No casualties were found at the scene; firefighters say the sinkhole “affected an area of ​​about 500 square meters” and engulfed several cars parked near the hospital.

As the press writes and as a little can be seen from the videos, rescuers and firefighters were running around the pit together with the governor of the area.  But who should be there in the forefront are Italian geologists, since Naples stands in the very center of the volcanic system known as the Phlegrean Fields.

If the surface collapsed, moreover – the surface reinforced with concrete and reinforced from below with some kind of communications, then we are talking about serious soil deformations caused by the activity of magma.

Italy has been in doubt since the summer of 2020, because swarms were observed there in very atypical places in May, and according to the forecasts of old Italian seismologists, who had witnessed many strong earthquakes, it should have boomed in the August region.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened to Italy and there was no big earthquake. But, since there are swarms, it means that something is being prepared, the magma is gathering strength. 

Following this particular sinkhole event – an obvious sign that a major earthquake in Italy is already very close.

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A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China

A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China 99

In the first months of 2020, the whole world with a certain fright followed the events unfolding in China, where people fell on the streets during the day and astronauts wandered, and in the evening crematoria began to smoke. And now, with the onset of December, the cycle seems to be repeating itself.

Shunyi area in Beijing, where the authorities announced “wartime status” the day before. As you can see in the videos, thousands of people are lined up in the queue for mandatory testing:

Dalian city, where “wartime” is also declared. Neighborhoods are blockaded, people are walled up in entrances, familiar characters of George Lucas roam the streets:

Chinese ‘rescuers’, before performing a combat mission:

Chengdu City:

Daluo Port, Yunnan – tourists came for adventure and they received the ‘time of their life’ after leaving the ramp:

If something happens in Beijing, it does not mean that tomorrow the same will happen everywhere. However, the trend towards such dynamics is observed and, as the practice of the first wave of the pandemic has shown, all countries and people, to one degree or another, have taken into account the ‘Chinese experience’. 

Therefore, one must think that everything will now be in peace, as in spring – a new global round of the fight against the Covid has begun in China, a new great pandemic cycle!

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