Turns out sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and other echinoderms are unsung heroes in the war against global climate change.
A new study published in Nature credits these abundant invertebrates with sequestering 100 million tons of carbon in their tissues each year. Quite a bit, though humans are pumping 30 BILLION tons a year of carbon into the atmosphere. There's a lot more to be done.
Since we're talking climate change, here's a great article from YES! Magazine by psychologist George Marshall examining why it's so difficult for people to take responsibility for our role in climate change, and to alter our behavior in order to avert a climate crisis.
It's a fascinating analysis of how, in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence and an international scientific consensus, we find it so hard to get off a destructive course.
It's critical information, because -- no matter how hard they try -- all the stars in the sea can't save us from ourselves.