We may not always think about mangroves on the International Day of Forests, but we should. Mangroves are most definitely trees…with 80 different species of mangroves trees around the world. Despite their mighty abilities, mangroves occupy only 0.1% of the Earth’s surface. This makes analyzing and monitoring global mangrove forests very difficult.
Articles Tagged: Mangroves
Where communities and crabs work for Mangroves
If there is a last line of defense against climate change, it may well lie in the mangrove trees that cling to coastlines throughout the tropics. Locked in the mud of these unique tidal forests is thousands of years’ worth of accumulated carbon. Clear the mangroves — as humanity has been doing ever faster in recent years — and that carbon is slowly released into the atmosphere, where it accelerates global warming.
What have mangroves ever done for the climate?
Mangrove forests, due to their rich soils are one of our most effective systems to absorb and store carbon. In fact, they can store three to four times more carbon on an area basis than most terrestrial forests. Not only that, they will store soil carbon for centuries to millennia.
The power of the mighty mangrove: a magnificent tale of love and loss
This month, we are focusing on mangroves. Mangrove forests are not only evocative of tropical coastlines, slow-moving waters and brackish water where freshwater and salt water mix. They are indicators of resilience and strength. A new Mangrove Restoration Map shows that restoration of lost mangroves worldwide could lead to the storage of an extra 69 million tonnes of carbon in aboveground biomass.
New study shows mangrove forests soils hold more than 6.4 billion tons of carbon globally
The most detailed study to date of the soil carbon stored in mangrove forests has revealed that these soils hold more than 6.4 billion tons of carbon globally, according to a new paper in Environmental Research Letters.