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Fortresses of mud: how to protect the San Francisco Bay Area from rising seas

Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 by

A view of a wetlands restoration project in Menlo Park, California.Credit: Michael Macor/San Francisco Chronicle/Polaris/eyevine There’s something apocalyptic about this pond on the east side of San Francisco Bay, California. The legacy of a salt industry that has moved elsewhere, it has subsided a couple of metres below the level of neighbouring marshland. Algae […]

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Ecological Miracle in Kolkata

Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2018 by

The bustling megapolis of Kolkata produces almost 750 million litres of wastewater and sewage every day. Strangely, the core area of the city does not have a single sewage-treatment plant. So where does so much sewage go? The answer is the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW), the world’s only fully functional organic sewage management system. East Kolkata […]

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Resilient infrastructure proposal aims to protect San Francisco Bay from rising sea levels

Posted on Friday, December 29th, 2017 by

Looks like San Francisco’s beautiful Bay Area could be in for a major ecological makeover. SCAPE Landscape Architecture has unveiled Public Sentiment, a living infrastructure proposal that aims to create a visitor-friendly buffer zone around the bay’s most vulnerable ecosystems – made up of marshes, mudflats, and coastal edges – that would protect the low-lying zones […]

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Wetland Restoration Promises Benefits

Posted on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 by

CHAPEL HILL, Tenn. — A 65-acre agricultural field has been restored to its original wetland state in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee, producing ecological, human, and economic benefits for the local community. The restoration project was completed at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill through a partnership between park staff, the […]

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Wetland Restoration Efforts

Posted on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 by

Bair Island planting event (photo by Save the Bay) The Bay Area is prized for its beauty, and is one of America’s great estuaries. Over the years, urbanization and the transformation of open spaces to more intensive land uses have contributed to the marginalization of the region’s native species and their habitats — wetlands […]

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The unsung heroes of climate change

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by

Rainforests are the poster child for conservation. They’re packed with charismatic wildlife and are essential for the health of the planet. Why wouldn’t you want to try to save them? But they are not the only ecosystems playing a crucial role on Earth. For example, did you know that 450 billion tonnes of carbon […]

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Wetlands Restoration Helps You!

Posted on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 by

Coastal wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate, despite their importance to ocean and coastal health, humans and the economy. We talk with Megan Cooper, Project Analyst at the State Coastal Conservancy, about how coastal restoration provides benefits to the environment and the economy. Restored wetlands provide habitat for birds, nurseries for marine life, […]

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The unsung heroes of climate change

Posted on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by

Rainforests are the poster child for conservation. They’re packed with charismatic wildlife and are essential for the health of the planet. Why wouldn’t you want to try to save them? But they are not the only ecosystems playing a crucial role on Earth. For example, did you know that 450 billion tonnes of carbon is […]

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Landowners Encouraged To Convert Old Farmland To Wetlands

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by

State officials want landowners to convert old farmland to wetlands. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for its Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. The government helps landowners install levees and plant native grasses and trees. It’s part of the national Farm Bill and is designed to restore and protect wetlands across the […]

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

Posted on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by

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 do, and store three […]

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