How coastland development ‘blue carbon’ contributes to climate change

Coastal developers should be paying to offset air pollution – not from their bulldozers and or dredging barges, but from the tonnes of ancient carbon released into the atmosphere when wetlands are drained and dug up. This is the view of Dr Peter Macreadie, award-winning marine ecologist and Australian Research Council Fellow, who has just completed the first major survey of “blue carbon” stocks along 2000 kilometres of Victorian coastline. Blue carbon is stored many metres deep in the sediment of vegetated coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and salt marshes.

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