“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

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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Learn about whale carbon and oceanic blue carbon

Colleagues at GRID-Arendal lay out the growing consensus for protecting the ocean’s marine life, including whales, due to their vital contribution to mitigating climate change. Whale populations have enormous value for the global good Our oceans, and all marine life, play a central role in stabilizing the Earth’s climate. Oceans mitigate climate change by serving…
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Just released — Nature’s Solution to Climate Change

A strategy to protect whales can limit greenhouse gases and global warming A new paper by Ralph Chami, Assistant Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and a member of the Board of Advisors for the GWC, has just been published in the IMF’s Finance & Development, on valuing whales for their role in sequestering…
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GWC Press Release – Whales valued at over $1 trillion

A new International Monetary Fund (IMF) paper values the role of whales in carbon sequestration and healthy ocean functioning at over $1 trillion Coordinating the economics of whale protection must rise to the top of the global community’s climate agenda. Whales play an “irreplaceable role” in mitigating and building resilience to climate change. Altering shipping…
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The $2 million whale on “CBC the World This Weekend”

Michael Fishbach and Ralph Chami appeared on CBC The World This Weekend  Sunday, September 15 at 6:00 pm EST to talk about their work on valuing whales for their ecosystem and economic benefits. Listen to the podcast here: http://soundcloud.com/rhoda-metcalfe/the-2-million-whale

An IMF economist and the conservationist go whale watching…

The tale of how a radical new view of the value of whales to planetary health was born aboard a boat. Author: Charlotte Smith, writer on sustainability issues The sun is just rising  on the Sea of Cortez in March 2018 as a whale research boat sets forth from Loreto, Mexico – a town situated…
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Here are 5 reasons why the ocean is so important

Unless you’ve been making a superhuman effort to avoid the news recently, you’ll know that the ocean is vital to life on Earth. But why, exactly, is this the case? Here are five reasons why we need to safeguard its future. Read article

A Hammerhead Shark In Our Panga!

Our week 7 guests hailed from California, Baja California and Arizona. Now, how might one ask could we possibly have ended up with a hammerhead shark in our panga? Simple answer: There was a juvenile hammerhead swimming above a sandy bottom shallow part of the sea and we tracked it for about 2 minutes. It…
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