Massive mangrove die-off on Gulf of Carpentaria worst in the world

mangrove-coastalcare-2
Mangrove roots. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

Excerpts;

Climate change and El Niño have caused the worst mangrove die-off in recorded history, stretching along 700km of Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria, an expert says.

And last week it was revealed warm ocean temperatures had wiped out 100km of important kelp forests off the coast of Western Australia…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK (07-11-2016)

Queensland’s mangrove ecosystem dying in secret, Brisbane Times (05-20-2016)
There have been large scale diebacks of mangrove trees in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Scientists are not exactly sure what happened up there in the most remote areas of Queensland, but they know the damage is extensive and unprecedented…

Mangroves die-off in Queensland’s Gulf Country and Limmen Bight, ABC News Australia (05-13-2016)
Experts have been focusing on hundreds of kilometres of mangroves along the coast in Queensland, that have turned a ghostly white. Serious concerns about the situation, which is compared to coral bleaching happening on the Great Barrier Reef, which is the result of warmer ocean temperatures, are raised…

Destruction of Mangroves Costs up to US$42 billion in Economic Damages Annually – UNEP Report (10-14-2014)
The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed, in a new report “Importance of Mangroves: A Call to Action,” adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives…

Tags:

Coastal Care junior
The World's Beaches
Sand Mining
One Percent