Let's balance out
Pilot whales and Amazon
05-03-2020 • • di Ludovica Luvi F
It isn't as bad as you think. Or maybe it is.

Another week has passed and we're back with the climate updates! This is "Let's balance out" and you'll read one good news and one bad news about the climate crisis. Shall we begin?

So what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?
GOOD NEWS

Apparently Amazon could make it much more easier to buy planet friendly products. Actually shopping in a physical store is always the most ecologic choice, mostly because people who buy online buy a few items at a time, and they create more waste per purchase. Also, the fast shipping comes with an increase in emissions.

To mitigate this Amazon partnered with 19 government agencies to draft a list of "Climate Pledge Friendly" products. This means there are about 25000 products that align with the company's Climate Pledge of having a net-zero carbon footprint by 2040.
BAD NEWS

Last week in Tasmania about 380 pilot whales died in one of the biggest mass strandings on record. The rescuers managed to save at least 70 of them but the majority of them got stuck in the sand inside Macquarie Harbour.

Pilot whales technically are not whales, they are large dolphins, and they are very inclined to strand. Most of what we know about pilot whales comes precisely from stranding events, in fact they spend most of their time in deep ocean and that's why they are hard to study.

Their ability to communicate fails them when they get close to a shore, particularly the one of Macquarie Harbour, because they can't detect its proximity until it's too late.

Illustration by Andrea
Credits: illustration by Andrea