“Experts” are now saying whales, like all animals, serve as a carbon reserve.:
A century of whaling may have released more than 100 million tonnes – or a large forest’s worth – of carbon into the atmosphere, scientists say.
Whales store carbon within their huge bodies and when they are killed, much of this carbon can be released.
But don’t cows serve this same purpose? Feed a cow properly, and it releases less methane. Perhaps carbon credits should be going to American cattle ranchers.
Assuming a particular whale isn’t endangered, the environmentally conscious thing to do might be to eat it. Whale meat has a smaller environmental footprint than do land meat alternatives (I suspect this is largely do to whales being wild).
This whale loving blogger is shocked to learn polar bears eat whales!
Polar Bear population is on the rise and has been since the mid 1950’s. In 1954, the year of my birth, the Polar Bear population was an estimated 5,000. As of 2008, the population was roughly 30,000 and rising. Thank God Mr. Gore brought the plight of these bears to our attention, but, their plight has not caused the turmoil within me. It’s the whales. … Polar Bears eat whales.
So, helping the bears has harmed the whales.