02 Aug '12, 7pm

Mangroves should be part of solution to climate change

Mangroves should be part of solution to climate change

Vanishing mangroves are carbon sequestration powerhouses (04/05/2011) Mangroves may be the world's most carbon rich forests, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience . Measuring the carbon stored in 25 mangrove forests in the Indo-Pacific region, researchers found that mangroves forests stored up to four times as much carbon as other tropical forests, including rainforests. "Mangroves have long been known as extremely productive ecosystems that cycle carbon quickly, but until now there had been no estimate of how much carbon resides in these systems. That's essential information because when land-use change occurs, much of that standing carbon stock can be released to the atmosphere," explains co-author Daniel Donato, a postdoctoral research ecologist at the Pacific Southwest Research Station in Hilo, Hawaii. Satellites show mangrove forest loss even worse than estima...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0802-pnas-redd-mangroves.html

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