Whales might be able to help with climate change

Whale PhotoWhen it comes to fighting the climate crisis, scientists have found an important ally that’s often overlooked.

Researchers say whales can store up to 150 tons of planet-heating carbon emissions.

A paper published Thursday in ‘Trends in Ecology and Evolution’ says these giants can store carbon much more effectively than smaller animals.

Whales are also important “carbon sinks” because of their life-span.

Some live up to 100 years or more, making them “one of the largest stable living carbon pools” in the ocean.

Even when they die, whale carcasses sink to the sea floor, where they continue to store the carbon.

Six out of 13 great whale species are now endangered or vulnerable.

Researchers say protecting these whales has a double benefit, helping biodiversity and climate change.

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