From the IMF report: whales - the solution to the problem of climate change

Scientists have published the results of a study commissioned by the IMF "Natural solutions to climate change." One of them was the conclusion about the existence of a ready-made and effective tool for absorbing carbon dioxide. More precisely, this is the best of all that is created by nature itself - mammals of the "whale" group. In terms of the efficiency of CO2 utilization, they noticeably surpass even plants.

A year ago, it was plants - in particular, the vast forests of the Amazon and Siberia - that were considered the best weapon in the fight against carbon dioxide emissions. A group of environmentalists led by Thomas Crowther calculated that an average tree absorbs 24 kg of CO2 per year, which will give 2.4 tons for a hundred years of plant life. But then other natural sinks of this gas were also studied, as a result of which ... the whale turned out to be the leader, with an average of 33 tons of carbon dioxide per life.

The whales turned out to be a treasure trove of surprises, since no one had previously studied them from this direction. Not only does the animal absorb a huge amount of gas during its life, after the death of the whale, it, along with the carcass, is at great depth under pressure, from where it can no longer return to the atmosphere. And the digestive waste of whales serves as a first-class natural fertilizer for phytoplankton, which also perfectly captures carbon dioxide - up to 40% of the global level.

The most interesting thing is that people do not need to do anything to stimulate this mechanism, except to ban whale fishing forever and for all countries of the world. If trees need to be purposefully planted in millions of trees, then in the case of whales, it is enough to simply "step back and not interfere." The authors of the report for the IMF say directly that today one whale is worth a thousand trees in terms of saving the climate.