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Blue Carbon: Global Options for Reducing Emissions from the Degradation and Development of Coastal Ecosystems

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.

Report by Juha V. Siikamäki, James Sanchirico, Sunny Jardine, David McLaughlin, and Daniel F. Morris — Nov. 27, 2012

Authors

Juha Siikamäki

James N. Sanchirico

University Fellow

Sunny Jardine

David McLaughlin

Daniel F. Morris