Animals, Climate, Environment

Global warming? Sea otters to the rescue!

Growing populations of hungry sea otters can become one of our powerful allies in the fight against global warming; why? Because they like to eat sea urchins.

Global warming is reaching new records, ice caps continue to melt at an alarming rate, and measures taken by authorities are as rare as they are questionable. But as cute as they are, where do otters step in? Well, as I was telling you, otters like to feast on sea urchins. Sea urchins eat kelp, and kelp forests trap and store massive amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. A kelp forest ‘guarded’ by otters can absorb as much as 12 times the amount of CO2 from the atmosphere than one without an otter population.

Published in the respectable online journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the research that came to this conclusion didn’t go unnoticed at all, as professor Chris Wilmers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, explains:

“Right now, all the climate change models and proposed methods of sequestering carbon ignore animals. But animals the world over, working in different ways to influence the carbon cycle, might actually have a large impact.” He elaborates: “If ecologists can get a better handle on what these impacts are, there might be opportunities for win-win conservations scenarios, whereby animal species are protected or enhanced, and carbon gets sequestered.”

So, in order to give thanks to these remarkable pictures, here’s a few pictures of sea otters.

 

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  • kat

    yay! the earth, according to gaia theory is a vast macro-organism. with its own innate intelligence. the changes occuring will balance out, as we can see here with animals, and ultimately the fauna, and human world.

  • http://twitter.com/WinterIsis Winter Isis Berazan

    Good God! Is it possible for environmental wackos to just live their lives, and let other people live their own lives? Honestly. This would not be so bad if they would just live the way that other people live–by example. As Wil Adams points out in his book the earth has gone through many phases (a cracked and melting hell; a frozen snowball, and a deluge inundated swamp) it will continue to go through these changes and as temporary inhabitants we should just be enjoying it as it is for as long as it is. Tell Greenpeace to stop using ships powered by internal combustion engines, and tell the Marxist Libs like Al Gore to stop using jet planes, when they lead by example–the earth will have a chance.

  • biercenator

    I don’t follow. If none of this matters, why are you so upset?

  • ttt

    Well, if you are happy having your children and grandchildren live in a cracked and melting hell, or on a frozen snowball, or in a deluge inundated swamp, then I suppose that is your choice. For myself, however, I prefer that my children and grandchildren live in a world that is a bit nice than that.

  • Guest

    Then why are you contributing to over population which is the underlying problem?

  • Guest

    Then why are you contributing to the underlying problem of overpopulation?

  • DT33445

    Then why are you contributing to the underlying problem of overpopulation? BTW, although it has the word, “parent”, in the header for some unknown reason, I am not.

  • ray

    Maybe our exponential knowledge growth will supply answers!

  • M

    Why didn’t you include a picture of two sea otters holding hands? Those are my favorite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.dever.73 Mike Dever

    If you think Al Gore is a Marxist, or a Liberal, you need mental help.

  • CrimsonTideTom

    Good God is possible for republican morons to live their lives without trashing the earth, lol. …The Republican reasoning is – Yep it’s Al Gore’s fault for using his car or fling on a plane – like everyone else does to get around in life; but because he’s also pointing out huge ways to make less pollution, during his life, that makes him the problem. The Typical republican thought process there; & Like i said, republican Moron! lol….i guess next you’ll say a fireman that points out ways to lessen pollution, shouldn’t drive the fire-truck to a fire because it causes pollution!! But if the fireman shuts up about lessening pollution, then it’s ok to drive the fire-truck to the fire, because we aren’t worried about pollution! lol. …That solves all problems, just pretend there is no problem or at least don’t speak up about it. lol. …Hell why even go put out the fire, it’s just something that happens because of what man does & even happens in ways man didn’t cause, so it’s just a natural part of the earths history & has been happening fore-ever & always will, just like pollution; so use the republican theory & just don’t worry about, it happens. So what if we can make it happen less, it’s just a part of what happens on earth! LOL. Like i said – Republican Morons!! Greedy Morons Theory -…if it cost money from profits, it’s bad & can’t be done; but if it makes more profits – than do it no matter what & make excuses for doing it!!! …Republican Morons, lol.

  • CrimsonTideTom

    Good God is possible for republican Wacko’s to just live their lives & let other people live their lives – without trashing the earth, lol. …The Republican reasoning is – Yep it’s Al Gore’s fault for using his car or fling on a plane – like everyone else does to get around in life; but because he’s also pointing out huge ways to make less pollution, during his life, that makes him the problem. The Typical republican thought process there; & Like i said, republican Moron! lol….i guess next you’ll say a fireman that points out ways to lessen pollution, shouldn’t drive the fire-truck to a fire because it causes pollution!! But if the fireman shuts up about lessening pollution, then it’s ok to drive the fire-truck to the fire, because we aren’t worried about pollution! lol. …That solves all problems, just pretend there is no problem or at least don’t speak up about it. lol. …Hell why even go put out the fire, it’s just something that happens because of what man does & even happens in ways man didn’t cause, so it’s just a natural part of the earths history & has been happening fore-ever & always will, just like pollution; so use the republican theory & just don’t worry about, it happens. So what if we can make it happen less, it’s just a part of what happens on earth! LOL. Like i said – Republican Morons!! Greedy Morons Theory -…if it cost money from profits, it’s bad & can’t be done; but if it makes more profits – than do it no matter what & make excuses for doing it!!! …Republican Morons, lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000453905356 Maria Hernandez

    Thank you Andrei,For the great news.