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Environmental, Campaign & Website News > Coastal habitats may sequester 50 times more carbon than tropical forests by area

Coastal habitats may sequester 50 times more carbon than tropical forests by area

Date : 17th November 2009, Source : Mongabay



Highly endangered coastal habitats are incredibly effective in sequestering carbon and locking it away in soil, according to a new paper in a report by the IUCN. The paper attests that coastal habitats—such as mangroves, sea grasses, and salt marhses—sequester as much as 50 times the amount of carbon in their soil per hectare as tropical forest. "The key difference between these coastal habitats and forests is that mangroves, seagrasses and the plants in salt marshes are extremely efficient at burying carbon in the sediment below them where it can stay for centuries or even millennia."

http://news.mongabay.com/2009/1117-hance_coastalveg.html





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