Author archive: Steven Lutz

Sea turtles, sharks and seagrass carbon

Sea turtles feed in seagrass meadows, an important coastal carbon sink

The loss of sharks could contribute to the destruction of one of the planet’s most under-appreciated sources of carbon storage — seagrasses, according to FIU researchers. Not that sharks eat the seagrass, they don’t, but they do eat the turtles which feed in the seagrass meadows. Add this to the problems of pollution, mooring and…

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…

Blue Ventures in Madagascar, Pt. 2

Blue Ventures in Madagascar, Pt. 2

This is part 2 of our three-volume featured series about Blue Ventures’ blue carbon activities in Madagascar.

Fish Carbon

Fish Carbon

Researchers from VIMS and Rutgers University have published on the potentially significant role fish may play in the marine carbon cycle, through the production of carbon-rich fecal pellets (fish poo) which rapidly sink to the seafloor, sequestering carbon and thereby mitigating climate change on potentially millennial timescales.

Counterpart International hosts Blue Carbon Conference in Washington, D.C.

Counterpart International hosts Blue Carbon Conference in Washington, D.C.

A blue carbon conference, hosted by Counterpart International, will take place at Washington D.C. tomorrow, Friday 12th, 2012.

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