Scientists working on plan to fight global warming

 http://www.nola.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/01/louisiana_scientists_working_o.html Louisiana scientists working on plan to save coastline, fight global warming 28 January 2012/ by Mark Schleifstein/ The Times- Picayune A team of Louisiana scientists is laying the groundwork for creating a new carbon storage industry that could both reduce the effects of global warming and rebuild wetlands along the state’s coastline. Sarah Mack,…

Mangrove Forest Issues in Tanzania’s Rufiji Delta

Government officials in Tanzania are concerned about the intrusion and increasing demand for fresh plots as local farmers are driven to new areas as increasing levels of salt water is pushed inland. They claim that the random forest clearing carried out by some farmers is harming the conservation of local biodiversity. http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/salty-soils-drive-tanzanian-farmers-into-forest-reserve Salty soils drive…

CIFOR – Information brief on Indonesian wetlands

http://biodiversity-l.iisd.org/news/cifor-examines-role-of-indonesian-wetlands-in-addressing-climate-change/ January 2012/by iids CIFOR Examines Role of Indonesian Wetlands in Addressing Climate Change The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an information brief, titled “Addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation in tropical wetland ecosystems of Indonesia,” which calls for research to address information and communication gaps related to land use and carbon…

Not All Wetlands Are Created Equal

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/not-all-wetlands-are-created-equal/ Not All Wetlands Are Created Equal 24 January 2012/ by Rachel Nuwer/ Green Blog  A mangrove restoration along along Bahia Salinas in southwestern Puerto Rico. It can take decades for restored ecosystems to recover the bio-geochemical functions lost during ecosystem degradation. Bill Hubick To many, it’s a familiar scenario: a strip mall suddenly pops…

Restored wetlands rarely equal conditions of original wetlands

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/01/24/study-shows-restored-wetlands-rarely-equal-condition-of-original-wetlands/  Restored wetlands like this pond converted from agricultural use in Aragon, Spain, may look natural, but a new study shows that it can take hundreds of years for restored wetlands to accumulate the plant assemblages and carbon resources of a natural, undamaged wetland. Credit: David Moreno-Mateos/UC Berkeley  Study shows restored wetlands rarely equal condition…

The Blue Carbon Strategy

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/5202/full  The blue carbon strategy  23 January 2012 /by Mico Tatalovic/ Cosmos Online Mangrove forests, seagrass beds and salt marshes possess a huge carbon storage capacity, which scientists say can be used to mitigate climate change. Known as blue carbon, this resource could one day be quantified and sold on international carbon trading markets. Together…

Sex promotes seagrass which acts as carbon sink

 http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/sex-promotes-seagrass-which-acts-as-carbon-sink_753157.html Sex promotes seagrass which acts as carbon sink 17 January 2012/ Zeenews Online   Sydney: Sex promotes greater growth of seagrass, a vegetation that doubles as a huge carbon sink and shelters marine species, reveals a study. Seagrass meadows grew predominately via vegetative growth or cloning, using rhizomes that spread under the seabed, then send…

Blue Carbon is key to fighting climate change

http://www.scotsman.com/news/cartoon/struan_stevenson_blue_carbon_is_key_to_fighting_climate_change_1_2058656  Blue carbon is key to fighting climate change 16 January 2012/ by Struan Stevenson/ Scotsman Online WE have long known the importance of our forests and peat bogs in capturing and storing CO2. These “green carbon” systems are the world’s natural carbon capture and storage system and a crucial factor in climate change mitigation,…

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