wetlands

1,500 Square Miles of Coastal Wetlands Have Vanished in Two Decades, Study Finds

1,500 Square Miles of Coastal Wetlands Have Vanished in Two Decades, Study Finds

Coastal wetlands are vitally important ecosystems. They store carbon dioxide, protect seaside communities from storms and provide habitats for marine life. Yet in the past two decades, Earth has lost 4,000 square kilometers (approximately 1,544 square miles) of tidal flats, tidal marshes and mangroves, a new study published in Science Thursday found. That’s a loss […]

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    Saving the World’s Largest Tropical Wetland

    Saving the World’s Largest Tropical Wetland

    Most people have heard of the Amazon, South America’s famed rainforest and hub of biological diversity. Less well known, though no less critical, is the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland. Like the Amazon, the Pantanal is ecologically important and imperiled. Located primarily in Brazil, it also stretches into neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay. Covering an […]

    New EPA Rule Would Sabotage Clean Water Act

    New EPA Rule Would Sabotage Clean Water Act

    By Jake Johnson In a move environmentalists are warning will seriously endanger drinking water and wildlife nationwide, President Donald Trump‘s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reportedly gearing up to hand yet another gift to big polluters by drastically curtailing the number of waterways and wetlands protected under the Clean Water Act. “As a result […]

    Permafrost and Wetland Emissions Could Cut 1.5°C Carbon Budget ‘by Five Years’

    Permafrost and Wetland Emissions Could Cut 1.5°C Carbon Budget ‘by Five Years’

    By Robert McSweeney Emissions of CO2 and methane from wetlands and thawing permafrost as the climate warms could cut the “carbon budget” for the Paris agreement temperature limits by around five years, a new study says. These natural processes are “positive feedbacks”—so called because they release more greenhouse gases as global temperatures rise, thus reinforcing […]