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Whales : a natural carbon sink

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the solutions we need for a carbon-zero future already exist & a part doesn't. You can see it as a positive or a negative news, I like to see it as a world of opportunities for my children, me & the world! And what makes me believe in it, is everyday unexpected breathtaking ideas immerse from scientists analysing the past, nature, the atmosphere, the wild & this gives me tremendous hope! Knowing whales are worth millions of dollars over its lifetime, not for their meat but fo its ability to capture carbon and sink it to the ocean floor after its death is the latest!

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A team of economists led by Ralph Chami, an assistant director of the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development, wanted to change the way we think about whales - a sort of charity work individuals and governments do on behalf of nature - by quantifying the benefit they provide us in dollars and cents from a carbon point. There are about 1.3 million great whales in Earth’s oceans today. If we could restore them to their pre-commercial whaling numbers—estimated at between 4 and 5 million— the economists’ calculations show that great whales could capture about 1.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. That’s more than the annual carbon emissions of Brazil.

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Thank you to these 2 great articles which caught my eye & made me so hopefull!

In English - https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/09/how-much-is-a-whale-worth/

In French - https://www.lefigaro.fr/conjoncture/contre-le-changement-climatique-des-chercheurs-du-fmi-recommandent-d-utiliser-les-baleines-20191217

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