Date archive: March 2014

Salt marsh restoration could bring carbon benefits

Salt marsh restoration could bring carbon benefits

Allowing farmland that’s been reclaimed from the sea to flood and turn back into salt marsh could make it absorb lots of carbon from the atmosphere, a new study suggests, though the transformation will take many years to complete.

Scientists looked at one of the oldest such places in the UK, Tollesbury in Essex. Originally a salt marsh, the site was claimed for farming in the late 18th century, but eventually relinquished in 1995 when the bank separating it from the sea was deliberately breached. Since then it’s been reverting to its natural state, though this is very slow process.

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