Coastal Care

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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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Environmental damage to coral reefs in South China Sea

Environmental damage to coral reefs in South China Sea

New research reveals the unseen environmental damage being done to coral reefs in the hotly contested South China Sea, as China and other nations jostle for control of the disputed sea lanes.

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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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Sri Lanka wields mangroves, its tsunami shield, against climate change

Sri Lanka wields mangroves, its tsunami shield, against climate change

Fifteen years after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Sri Lanka’s government intends to keep expanding the island’s coastal green belt — the chain of mangrove swamps credited with limiting the damage and destruction of the deadly waves.

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Shocked scientists find 400km of dead and damaged mangroves in Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia

Shocked scientists find 400km of dead and damaged mangroves in Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia

A cascade of impacts including rising sea levels, heatwaves and back-to-back tropical cyclones has created 400km of dead and badly damaged mangroves in the Gulf of Carpentaria, a scientific monitoring trip has discovered.

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Abu Dhabi is replanting mangroves in the fight against climate change

Abu Dhabi is replanting mangroves in the fight against climate change

The coastal city of Abu Dhabi is one of the most vulnerable places in the world to the impacts of climate change. It’s threatened by rising sea levels and researchers say it could be too hot to live in by the end of this century if global warming trends continue. But mangroves trees are helping the city fight the climate crisis…

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Live fast, die young: Study shows tiny fishes fuel coral reefs

Live fast, die young: Study shows tiny fishes fuel coral reefs

Scientists have long sought to understand how coral reefs support such an abundance of fish life despite their location in nutrient-poor waters. According to a new study, an unlikely group fuels these communities: tiny, mostly bottom-dwelling creatures called ‘cryptobenthic’ reef fishes.

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On Java’s Coast, A Natural Approach to Holding Back the Waters

On Java’s Coast, A Natural Approach to Holding Back the Waters

The Indonesian island of Java has lost 70 percent of the mangroves that once protected its coast from erosion and flooding. Now villagers are using natural wooden barriers to try to restore the mangrove forests and save their lands and homes from being washed away.

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