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Tampa Bay Blue Carbon Study Highlights Threats to Coastal Ecosystems

Coastal ecosystems – marshes, bogs, swamps, seagrass beds and mangroves among them – provide a wide range of beneficial services that have all too often been unknown to or ignored, including serving as carbon sinks. A ¨blue carbon¨ study by non-profit Restore America’s Estuaries puts numbers on the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) seagrasses, marshes and mangroves in the…

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Garbage, especially plastic waste, chokes our oceans and alters marine habitats

Plastic Waste in Our Oceans: Problems and Solutions

One of the unexpected corollaries of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been the increase in public awareness about the tons of garbage that litter our oceans. In the first few weeks after the March 8 disappearance of the passenger jet, searchers scoured huge swaths of the Indian Ocean, and found nothing but garbage. In the process of looking for wreckage from the…

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EarthTalk: The Deep Carbon Footprint of Water Managament

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I read somewhere that our various systems for collecting, distributing and treating water are very energy intensive and, as such, contribute significantly to global warming. How does that happen and what can we do to correct such problems?            — Marina…

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