Low lying regions could be devastated by sea level rise this century.
If nothing is done now, seas could rise a metre by 2100, and four metres by 2300.
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Oxygen produced by these plants helps animals boost their metabolism to match the heat.
Sawgrass prairie in Everglades National Park.
Federal and state agencies are carrying out a 35-year, multi-billion-dollar plan to restore Florida's Everglades, but have not factored sea level rise or other climate change impacts into their plans.
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New research makes the economic case for mangroves.
A pair of blacktip reef shark neonates (Carcharhinus melanopterus) gently cruise among the roots in the mangrove forest of Surin Archipelago during high tide in Mu Koh Surin national park, Thailand.
Far more megafauna species use coastal wetlands than we thought. And it affects the way we need to address the extinction crisis.
The San Pedro Mezquital River is the last free-flowing river in Mexico’s western Sierra Madre.
Thousands of hydropower dams are under construction around the world. New research shows that by cutting off sediment flow, these dams can have big ecological effects on far-off bays and deltas.
Author and activist George Monbiot.
George Monbiot talks with an ecologist about natural solutions to the climate crisis.
Marshes at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Marshes, swamps and other kinds of wetlands provide valuable services, such as effective natural flood control. But they are being destroyed for development in many parts of the world.
Mangrove forest in Pichavaram, Tamil Nadu, India.
Mangrove forests along the world's tropical and subtropical coasts store enormous quantities of 'blue' carbon – especially in river delta zones, where soil builds up quickly.
Mangroves growing strong.
Mangrove forests grow in the tidal lagoons of tropical coastlines and they could actually benefit from climate change. Here's what that means for us.
Sangalaki Island, Indonesia.
The Coral Reef Image Bank image provide by Simon Pierce.
Coral reefs are in trouble, but other marine species are also feeling the strain but are off the conservation radar.
Protecting coastal wetlands, like this slough in Florida’s Everglades National Park, is a cost-effective way to reduce flooding and storm damage.
Coastal development is destroying marshes, mangroves and other wetlands that provide valuable protection from hurricanes and storms. Research shows these benefits can be worth millions of dollars.
Freshwater cypress swamp, First Landing State Park, Va.
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Wetlands are some of the world's most undervalued weapons against climate change. They store huge quantities of carbon – but without better protection, many could soon be drained or paved over.
Widespread mangrove dieback in the Gulf of Carpenteria.
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Australia has seen an unprecedented number of widespread, catastrophic transformations in response to extreme weather events.
Mangroves in the Florida Everglades.
As Earth's climate warms, mangroves are expanding north and south from tropical zones. Mangroves reinforce shorelines and store huge quantities of carbon, so protecting them is an effective climate strategy.
Coastal wetlands are an effective first line of defense and act by slowing down storm surges and reducing flooding.
New research by scholars, conservationists and the insurance industry shows that coastal wetlands provide hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of protection from flooding, boosting the case for protecting them.
Mangroves have died along a 1,000km stretch of coastline in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
In early 2016 reports appeared that vast swathes of mangroves had died in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It now appears heat and drought were to blame.
Mangroves are superheroes on both land and sea, storing carbon and providing protection for coasts.
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Nearly 5m tonnes of coal will soon be shipped through the Sundarbans each year.
Coquerel’s sifaka is one of 23 lemur species now known to use mangroves.
Mangrove forests aren't very hospitable habitats, but these lemurs don't mind.