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Blue Carbon: Protecting Coastal Environments to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Mangroves, salt marshes, and sea grass meadows store considerable amounts of carbon in their biomass and soil, but when disturbed by land-use changes and development, much or all of the "blue carbon" is released into the atmosphere. Protecting those rapidly disappearing areas may prevent the release of 42 billion tons of stored carbon dioxide emissions into the air, according to a new RFF report.
Research on blue carbon is a joint effort of RFF’s Center for Energy and Climate Economics and Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth.