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Category: Mangrove News

The wonder trees that nurture marine biodiversity

The wonder trees that nurture marine biodiversity

This 2020 theme for the International Day of Forests on 21 March is Forests and Biodiversity. Awareness is growing among governments and coastal communities in tropical countries of the incredible value of mangrove trees to nature and humans.

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Mangrove forests protect coastlines. ‘Synthetic mangroves’ could do the same for cities.

Mangrove forests protect coastlines. ‘Synthetic mangroves’ could do the same for cities.

To better understand exactly how mangroves can grow in the ocean yet pump freshwater up to their leaves, engineers constructed what they’re dubbing “synthetic mangroves.” The idea for using their wannabe trees: incorporating them into the design of cities to make buildings more resilient in the face of storm surges.

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Mangrove conservation can pay for itself in flood protection

Mangrove conservation can pay for itself in flood protection

The natural coastal defenses provided by mangrove forests reduce annual flooding significantly in critical hotspots around the world. Without mangroves, flood damages would increase by more than $65 billion annually, and 15 million more people would be flooded, according to a new study.

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This vanishing forest protects the coasts—and lives—of two countries

This vanishing forest protects the coasts—and lives—of two countries

Rising waters and illicit logging are killing the trees in the Sundarbans, the natural wall that protects the India-Bangladesh coast.

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Pemex is illegally destroying protected mangrove trees to build an $8 billion oil refinery

Pemex is illegally destroying protected mangrove trees to build an $8 billion oil refinery

Mexico’s state-owned oil company Pemex has defied a government order by cutting down protected mangrove trees for the construction of an oil refinery. Satellite images show a landscape razed presumably to accommodate the controversial $8 billion project.

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Mangrove forests provide cause for conservation optimism, for now

Mangrove forests provide cause for conservation optimism, for now

More than a decade ago, academics warned that mangrove forests were being lost faster than almost any other ecosystem, including coral reefs and tropical rainforests. But things are looking better.

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Mangroves, hardy shore-bound plants vital to many coastlines, are under threat

Mangroves, hardy shore-bound plants vital to many coastlines, are under threat

Mangroves are disappearing quickly because of human development, and over a quarter of Earth’s original mangrove forests have now been lost. Rising sea levels kill off mangroves — and as the climate changes and sea levels rise even more, losses could increase.

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