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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.

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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Australia Firefighters Save the Only Wild Prehistoric Wollemi Pines on Earth

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch
Waking Times

It looks as if firefighters in Australia have succeeded in saving a secret grove of prehistoric trees belonging to a species that dates back to the time of the dinosaurs.

The Wollemi pines once grew widely across Australia from more than 100 to 60 million years ago, The Washington Post reported. But now less than 200 remain in the wild, in a national park 125 miles northwest of Sydney.

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“Huge anomalies” at the edge of the earth’s core

At the edge of the Earth’s core lie two gigantic blobs of ultrahot rock — and that’s about the extent to which geologists agree about them.


The mysterious blobs are on opposite sides of the planet, one hidden beneath Africa, the other in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – the Quanta Magazine compared the ‘massive anomalies’ to Princess Leia’s iconic hairstyle (Star Wars).

Scientists discovered the blobs decades ago by mapping the interior of the planet, but have not learned much since.

Some ideas

There are two main schools of thought regarding the blobs, according to Quanta. The first camp holds that they’re merely massive clusters of hot plumes.

The other argues that the blobs — so big that they would drown the planet’s surface in a lava ocean over 60 miles deep — are their own distinct entity and not just a particularly warm region of the core.

Recent evidence supports the second camp: Quanta reports that scientists found traces of unique, ancient rocks and isotopes in magma that’s flowed upward from the blobs — materials nearly as old as the Earth itself and not found elsewhere on the planet.

Persistent Mystery

Still, great mystery still surrounds the deeply-buried hotspots. One theory is that they could be fragments of a Mars-sized object that crashed into the Earth.

University of Maryland seismologist Vedran Lekić told Quanta

It would be like having an object in the sky, and asking, ‘Is that the moon?’ And people are like, no. ‘Is that the sun?’ No. ‘What is it?’ We don’t know.


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Global warming is now visible! The sea has swallowed two islands in Indonesia

Two uninhabited islands in the Indonesian South Sumatra province has completely disappeared underwater as a result of rising sea levels caused by global warming. This was reported today by the Straits Times, quoting data from the local environmental forum, TASS reported.

“Betet and Gundul Islands are now 1-3 meters below sea level,” said NGO leader Khairul Sobri.

“Unless emergency action is taken in relation to global warming, four more islands within the province are at risk of extinction,” the expert warned.

He noted that one of these islands, Salah Namao, is still habitable, though since the 1990s, locals have gradually begun to abandon it, main reason being the sea levels rise. According to him, the already extinct Betet Island had previously a national nature reserve, recognized by UNESCO.

Indonesia is located in the world’s largest archipelago with nearly 18 thousand islands.

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