Friday, February 26, 2010
Whales store carbon within their huge bodies and when they are killed, much of this carbon can be released.
US scientists revealed their estimate of carbon released by whaling at the Ocean Sciences meeting in Portland, US.
Dr Andrew Pershing from the University of Maine described whales as the "forests of the ocean".
Dr Pershing and his colleagues from " the Gulf of Maine Research Institute calculated the annual carbon-storing capacity of whales as they grew.
"Whales, like any animal or plant on the planet, are made out of a lot of carbon," he said.
"And when you kill and remove a whale from the ocean, that's removing carbon from this storage system and possibly sending it into the atmosphere."
Now, I'm the first person to use the phrase "deeper than whale shit" to describe something really deep, like the subordinated debentures of a holding company, so I understand the point about old whale carbon sinking to the bottom of the ocean. As a propaganda device, though, the story is damned close to an admission that the greenies and the media think the rest of us are fools. Not that we didn't already know that.
Perhaps the "greenies", and a number of libs in general, could shove their craniums neck deep between their buttocks and eliminate both their CO2 and methane emissions. Then,after thweir expiration, we can send them to Davey jones locker to congregate with the expired whales.
It's disturbing that they would promote this kind of rubbish, but, more disappointing that they actually believe it.
Conservationists gave us Yellowstone Park and controlled hunting reserves.
Environmentalists lecture us on cow farts, whale carbon and tell us that the last 30 days, when most of us almost froze to death, was the hottest on record.
Since when did we stop being responsible with our interactions with nature...and start being delusional????
These people must have either never left their mom's basement or, being more kind, their home town. They obviously have no idea of the vastness of the world or the oceans and the relative insignificance of the mass of the total whale population. These Mainer's should try a trip to Sidney, Australia not Maine, to get some perspective.
Obviously thge bottom of the ocean is not covered with dead whales, and this story is a silly exaggeration.
What does build up on the bottom of the ocean is calcium carbonate, in the form of skeletons of planktonic cells. This eventually forms limestone, which is a major store of carbon on the planet.
I do feel that killing whales is morally wrong, like cruelty to donkeys or dog-fighting. I offer no logical reason for these moral beliefs, and clearly others feel differently.
"These Mainer's should try a trip to Sidney, Australia not Maine, to get some perspective. "
Indeed. While we (US and Europe) have been having a very cold winter, Australians have been having a record hot summer.
Wow! 'Debenture' is a real word?! The only other time I've ever seen it used was toward the end of That Hideous Strength, when all the bad guys were losing their coherency. In that context, I always assumed 'debenture' was a made-up, scrambled mess born of pure delusion. :)
So what to do with all the cows? They produce methane, so they should be all killed, but they also store a lot of carbon in them, so if they get killed all that carbon is released! Oh the dilemma...
(Besides, what is the difference between, say, buffaloes and cows when it comes to those methane emissions? Before there were a lot of cows there used to be a lot of wild ruminants. Did they not produce any methane?)