Marine wildlife rarely remain in one habitat. Most species rely on a healthy network of ecosystems to raise their young and catch their food.
Mangroves along Mexico’s Yucatan coastline.
A new study estimates that mangroves prevent over $65 billion in damage from coastal storms every year, and says mangrove protection should be funded in the same way as infrastructure like seawalls.
The Nxaxo Estuary in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.
Dr Jacqueline Raw
Scientists are building up a picture of how much carbon can be taken out of the atmosphere and stored in coastal ecosystems.
Fledgling mangroves in Philippines.
Promising to plant 100m trees a year is one thing; making them grow can be quite another.
A seagrass meadow. For the first time, researchers have counted the greenhouse gases stored by and emitted from such ecosystems.
In a world-first, scientists have counted the greenhouse gas absorbed and emitted by Australia's mangroves, seagrass and other ocean ecosystems.
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.
Wetlands are feeding, nesting and breeding sites for migratory birds, such as these sandhill cranes in Minnesota.
The Trump administration is sharply reducing environmental protection for wetlands and streams across the US. This roundup of stories spotlights the many benefits that such water bodies provide.
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.