We learned a lot about whales this year – Washington Post

December 28, 2019 In a new Washington Post Science section article, marine fossil curator Nick Pyenson applauds the amazing discoveries from scientists about the giants in our seas. Read more about the extraordinary memory of blue whales, their heart rate capacity and their economic value based on carbon sequestration. Pyenson also notes that approximately 200,000 whales…
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Living whales are worth an enormous amount of money

A great whale is worth $2 million. The size of that number so terrified Ralph Chami, the economist who appraised the whales, that he sought refuge in a church for the first time in 30 years. Inside St. Matthew’s Cathedral in the District, a few blocks from Chami’s office at the International Monetary Fund, the…
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Could it be that the whales can save us all!

Scientists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have calculated the value of a whale at $2 million each due to the important role they have in reducing the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. Whales have been being hunted for hundreds of years with numbers reaching an all time low in the 1930s when over…
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Major shipping companies will not use the Arctic sea route

The Gwc Is Thrilled! Major shipping companies announce they will not use the Arctic sea route as a shortcut between Europe and Asia. This is fabulous news for endangered bowhead whales! https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/news/europe/msc-joins-major-lines-in-rejecting-the-use-of-arctic-routes/

OceanCare reports — The future of Norway’s whaling in doubt

October 2nd, 2019 The future of Norway’s whaling industry appears to be in serious doubt as it struggles to deal with low catch numbers, falling prices for whale meat and declining interest in its products on the domestic market. The head of Norway’s Whalers’ Association, Truls Soløy, described the 2019 whaling season as “particularly disappointing”…
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“Protect Whales to Protect the Planet” – says UN Environment Programme

Whales are known for being the largest and most intelligent creatures in the ocean. Now, marine biologists have discovered that they also capture tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere, a service with an economic value of US$1 trillion for all the great whales, according to a study published by the International Monetary Fund. https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/protecting-whales-protect-planet

National Geographic Article – How much is a whale worth?

The benefits provided by great whales, including capturing carbon, make a powerful case for protecting them, according to economists. by Madeleine Stone @NatGeo https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/09/how-much-is-a-whale-worth/


TOO OLD TO SKIP SCHOOL, BUT NOT TO MARCH YOUTH CLIMATE STRIKE WASHINGTON, D.C. Friday, 9/20/2019 by Rima Saliba, GWC friend and whale advocate   When one young activist at the Youth Climate Strike stood on the stage, with the Capitol building rising behind her, and shouted passionately into the mic, “…where are the parents….?”,…
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Michael Fishbach presenting at Squam Climate Change Forum and more . . .

Don’t miss Michael Fishbach and Bonnie Monteleone on their swing through New Hampshire, bringing a message for saving the oceans.   On September 25, 2019 the Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate will be published, raising the alarm about the urgency to take actions to reverse and mitigate the impacts of climate…
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From marine biologists to the world of finance

From marine biologists to the world of finance – audiences around the globe are eager to hear about a new framework for valuing carbon sequestration by whales. Click here to read abstract. Ralph Chami is an Assistant Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) but recently he has been making the rounds talking about an…
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