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50,000 Oysters Being Installed in Jamaica Bay to Help Improve Water Quality and Protect Wetlands

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

September 6, 2016 The New York/New Jersey Harbor was once blanketed by oysters, but due to over harvesting, dredging and pollution, they became functionally extinct decades ago. Oysters are widely recognized as a key component of a healthy marine ecosystem as they filter pollutants from the water, help to protect …

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Mitigating climate change through coastal ecosystem management

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Blue carbon is the carbon captured by the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. The carbon captured by living organisms in oceans is stored in the form of biomass and sediments from mangroves, salt marshes, seagrasses and potentially algae. The International Blue Carbon Initiative is a coordinated, global program focused on …

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Are ‘Blue Carbon’ Projects a Win for the Climate and the People?

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

The international push to protect blue carbon started around 2009, when the United Nations published a report pointing out that coastal ecosystems capture and store carbon far more efficiently than their drier counterparts. Mangroves and coastal wetlands, for instance, suck up about 10 times more carbon dioxide per acre per year than rainforests …

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Coastal Wetlands Save Millions In Storm Damage

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By Daniel Kelly on October 31, 2016 Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in collaboration with others from The Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society, have led an effort to calculate a monetary value for damage reductions provided by coastal wetlands during extreme storms. Their research has …

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NOAA helps save nearly 100 wetland acres for Michigan restoration

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Let the Restoration Begin! Wetlands restoration within the Muskegon Lake Area of Concern will focus on problems such as sediment contamination, reduced habitat, and a lack of public access. The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water, making habitat restoration critically important for severely degraded industrial …

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What We Can Learn from Trees

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

By Cathy Newman Photographs by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel Every tree tells a story, but some are beyond eloquent, holding memories, embodying belief, marking sorrow. We hold trees in our imagination, where they grow in strange, wonderful ways in forests inhabited by fantasy and also by our fears. In …

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Are Artificial Trees the Future of Renewable Energy?

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

In 2007, Eric Henderson watched the heart-shaped leaves of a redbud rustle in the wind outside of his home in Iowa. A gust came through, whipping around the tree’s branches, causing the leaves to oscillate in the turbulent stream of air. “And that got me thinking,” he says. Henderson, a …

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Why are wetlands important?

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Wetlands are important features in the landscape that provide numerous beneficial services for people and for fish and wildlife. Some of these services, or functions, include protecting and improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife habitats, storing floodwaters and maintaining surface water flow during dry periods. These valuable functions are the …

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Coastal Wetlands of the Great Lakes – Bringing People Together to Protect These Unmatched Natural Resources

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Sprinkled throughout the Great Lakes region, coastal wetlands provide much needed places for fish and wildlife to live. If you enjoy fishing or eating fish from the Great Lakes, or clean drinking water, you are connected to the Great Lakes and its surrounding coastal wetlands. Wetlands provide unequivocal services for …

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Coastal wetlands offer millions of dollars worth of hurricane protection

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Healthy, intact coastal wetlands are like a free insurance policy. Hurricane flood protections offered by wetlands are worth millions of dollars, according to a new report on Hurricane Sandy. Researchers used newly designed flood damage models to calculate the property damage costs avoided by the natural buffer offered by wetland …

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