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Did you know that #oceans absorb 93.4% of the heat produced by #climate change? Find out more: #conservation

Some facts and figures about Nature Ecotourism is the fastest-growing area of the tourism industry. In 2004, this market grew three times faster than the industry as a whole. Wetlands store 20% of the Earth’s carbon . Londoners consume of 72,000 tonnes of fish each year, much of it from the North Sea but also from the coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean. Native bees from tropical forests boost yields in adjacent coffee plantations by 20%, helping farmers meet demand for the second most legally traded commodity after oil. Malagasy rainforests have a high diversity of plants with great medicinal and pharmaceutical properties such as the Rosy Periwinkle which is used by traditional healers in Madagascar and as a source of anti-cancer drugs . Forests support the livelihoods of almost a quarter of humanity. In Vietnam planting and protecting nearly 12,000 hectares of mangroves ...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/focus/nature_for_all/?9494/...

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