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High-seas carbon worth US$148 billion

High-seas carbon worth US$148 billion

A new study by the Global Ocean Commission describes the major ways in which the ocean stores and fixes carbon away from the atmosphere and estimates carbon capture and storage by the high-seas, including ‘fish carbon’, is valued at US$148 billion. The High Seas and US: Understanding the Value of High-seas Ecosystems (Rogers, A.D., et…

Quatar’s floating blue carbon project

Quatar’s floating blue carbon project

Quatar has an innovative ‘Floating Mangroves’ project at Lusail Marina, a luxury marina in Doha. The project was initiated in March 2012 and explores the use of mangroves for capturing carbon emissions, or sequestration, helping to reduce atmospheric carbon levels. Project partners include UNESCO, Lusail City and Qatar University’s Environmental Club. “Floating mangroves can be…

The Power Of Whale Poop

The Power Of Whale Poop

More on the oceanic iorn fertilization by whale poop hypothesis from NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2014/04/03/298778615/the-power-of-poop-a-whale-story?live=1 The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story by Robert Krulwich / April 05, 2014 This, I would think, should be self-evident: Generally speaking, big creatures eat smaller creatures that, in turn, eat even smaller creatures, like this … Robert Krulwich/NPR And just…

Blue carbon projects can work!

Blue carbon projects can work!

Blue carbon projects can work, by using the value of carbon stored and sequestered in coastal and marine ecosystems to support conservation and sustainable management, a new report shows. The report, published by Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), aims to stimulate discussion regarding projects that support the conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems…

Seagrass ecosystem services in Indonesia

Seagrass ecosystem services in Indonesia

Blue carbon related ecosystem services and values in Indonesia; seagrass meadows are critical for national food security and important fisheries exports – Article from World Fishing: http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/seagrass-conservation-in-indonesia-protects-fisheries Seagrass conservation in Indonesia protects fisheries 03 Apr 2014 Research by Swansea University and partners shows that protecting seagrass meadows throughout Indonesia is critical for national food security…

What’s an Acre of Seagrass Worth?

What’s an Acre of Seagrass Worth?

Article on the valuation of seagrass ecosystem services from National Geographic’s Ocean Views blog: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/03/31/whatsanacreofseagrassworth/ What’s an Acre of Seagrass Worth? $80,000 in Fish Alone   By Philine zu Ermgassen, postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University and Dr. Mark Spalding, senior scientist with The Nature Conservancy For decades, dire tales of collapsing fish stocks were told, only…

Landmark study demonstrates climate benefits of estuary restoration

Landmark study demonstrates climate benefits of estuary restoration

A study has confirmed the climate mitigation benefits of restoring tidal wetland habitat. This study was done by Restore America’s Estuaries in Snohomish Estuary, located within the nation’s second largest estuary: Puget Sound. It also provides a much needed approach for assessing carbon fluxes for historic drained and future restored wetlands which can now be…

Seagrass: The Renaissance meadow of the ocean

Seagrass: The Renaissance meadow of the ocean

Seagrass meadows are one of the World’s most productive ecosystems yet it is often overlooked and the current destruction rate is four times faster than that of rainforests. Like a Renaissance man of the ocean, seagrasses provide food, habitat and nurseries for many different species of fish, shellfish and invertebrates. A single acre of seagrass…

New Video Released from the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project

New Video Released from the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project

The latest video as part of the extensive communications and outreach strategy of the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration project has just been released on Vimeo.com.

Landmark study shows the true value of Madagascar’s mangroves

Landmark study shows the true value of Madagascar’s mangroves

This new research presents the first carbon stock estimates of a mangrove ecosystem in Madagascar. The study, funded by grants from Western Indian Ocean Marine Association and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, assessed both above and below ground carbon stock, hence supporting the growing body of evidence showing that mangroves are among…

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