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Fish Carbon: Exploring Marine Vertebrate Carbon Services

Fish Carbon: Exploring Marine Vertebrate Carbon Services

In answer to the call by the United Nations to provide innovative solutions to address the climate change challenge and prevent global biodiversity loss, a new report has been produced on the potential of marine vertebrates to fill this void. The report, jointly produced by GRID-Arendal, a collaborating center with UNEP, and Blue Climate Solutions,…

Why whale poo matters – George Monbiot – the Guardian

Why whale poo matters – George Monbiot – the Guardian

I can hear you muttering already: he’s completely lost it this time. He’s written a 2,000-word article on whale poo. I admit that at first it might be hard to see the relevance to your life. But I hope that by the time you have finished this article you will have become as obsessed with marine faecal plumes as I am. What greater incentive could there be to read on?

In truth it’s not just about whale poo, though that’s an important component. It’s about the remarkable connectivity, on this small and spherical planet, of living processes. Nothing human beings do, and nothing that takes place in the natural world, occurs in isolation.

When I was a student, back in the days when mammoths roamed the earth, ecologists tended to believe that the character of living systems was largely determined by abiotic factors. This means influences such as local climate, geology or the availability of nutrients. But it now seems that this belief arose from the study of depleted ecosystems. The rules they derived now appear to have described not the world in its natural state, but the world of our creation. We now know that living systems which retain their large carnivores and large herbivores often behave in radically different ways from those which have lost them.

Full Economic Potential of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Remains Untapped, Finds New UN Report

Full Economic Potential of Carbon-Rich Mangroves Remains Untapped, Finds New UN Report

Estimated Worth of Climate Benefits from Central African Mangroves up to US$66 billion. And New Satellite Technology Could Help Monitor Mangrove Restoration.

NEW MANUAL FOR MEASURING, ASSESSING, AND ANALYZING COASTAL BLUE CARBON

NEW MANUAL FOR MEASURING, ASSESSING, AND ANALYZING COASTAL BLUE CARBON

The International Blue Carbon Initiative is proud to present “Coastal Blue Carbon: methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows”.

Coastal carbon included in White House plan

Coastal carbon included in White House plan

In the National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan, just released by the White House, carbon capture and storage is included as one of the important services coastal ecosystems provide.

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…

Mangroves as Resilient Natural Coastal Defences

Mangroves as Resilient Natural Coastal Defences

“The Role of Ecosystems in Disaster Risk Reduction” is a book published by the United Nation University press in 2013, supported by Ecosystem for Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), IUCN, UNEP, CEM, UNU-EHS (Institute for Environment and Human security). The book generally acknowledges the importance of ecosystems especially to the local communities who depend…

Blue Carbon Protects Properties

Blue Carbon Protects Properties

Coastal marshes have a vital role to play in the protection of properties from storm surges along the Gulf Coast of the United States. In a recent article, Barbier et al. (2013) report the findings of an investigation into the role of coastal wetlands in protecting Southeast Louisiana from hurricane storm surges. Hurricane storm surges…

Profiles in Blue Carbon Field Work

Profiles in Blue Carbon Field Work

A recent report entitled ‘Profiles in Blue Carbon Field Work’ (2013) provides a useful synopsis of Blue Carbon field projects taking place around the world. 28 projects are profiled out of a total of 34 projects that were identified and surveyed. The author, Allison Bredbenner, stresses that the list does not represent a complete inventory…

Will Global Sea-Level Rise Deplete Blue Carbon Stocks?

Will Global Sea-Level Rise Deplete Blue Carbon Stocks?

The impacts and associated costs of sea-level rise in coastal wetlands should be cause for concern according to a recent report from the World Bank. A rise of 1 metre in global sea-level could seriously alter the distribution of wetlands that exists today, changing the face of coastlines around the world. Sea level rise will…

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