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    Mangroves in the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Puerto Rico As the June 1 start of Puerto Rico’s hurricane season approaches, islanders continue to rebuild. More than four years after Hurricane Maria, there is still a lot that has not been done. After all, homes still have blue tarp roofs. While Puerto Ricans are facing an uptick in COVID-19 cases and continuing power issues courtesy of LUMA Energy, there are also ongoing protests against government malfeasance and gentrification, and in support of reproductive choice.  One of the latest scandals in Puerto Rico has island environmentalists—who worry about the impact of climate change and preparedness for future hurricanes—in an uproar. The news that illegal house construction has been happening in Bahía de Jobos (Jobos Bay), a National Estuarine Research Reserve, and that more than 3,600 mangrove trees have been cut down, thus making the island more vulnerable to future storms, has sparked a criminal investigation by Puerto Rico’s Justice Department. Caribbean Matters is a weekly series from Daily Kos. If you are unfamiliar with the region, check out Caribbean Matters: Getting to know the countries of the...
    By Wanjohi Kabukuru | Associated Press MOMBASA, Kenya — In a bid to protect coastal communities from climate change and encourage investment, African nations are increasingly turning to mangrove restoration projects, with Mozambique becoming the latest addition to the growing list of countries with large scale mangrove initiatives. Mozambique follows efforts across the continent — including in Kenya, Madagascar, Gambia and Senegal — and is touted as the world’s largest coastal or marine ecosystem carbon storage project. Known as blue carbon, carbon captured by these ecosystems can sequester, or remove, carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a faster rate than forests, despite being smaller in size. Mozambique’s mangrove restoration project — announced in February alongside its UAE-based partner Blue Forest — hopes to turn 185,000 hectares (457,100 acres) in the central Zambezia and southern Sofala provinces into a forest which could capture up to 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide, according to project leaders. “Blue carbon can be utilized not only to sequester tons of carbon dioxide but to also improve the lives of coastal communities,” Vahid Fotuhi, the Chief Executive...
    PROGRESO, Mexico (AP) — When a rotten egg smell rises from the mangrove swamps of southeast Mexico, something is going well. It means that this key coastal habitat for blunting hurricane impacts has recovered and is capturing carbon dioxide — the main ingredient of global warming. While world leaders seek ways to stop the climate crisis at a United Nations conference in Scotland this month, one front in the battle to save the planet’s mangroves is thousands of miles (kilometers) away on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Decades ago, mangroves lined these shores, but today there are only thin green bands of trees beside the sea, interrupted by urbanized areas and reddish segments killed by too much salt and by dead branches poking from the water. A few dozen fishermen and women villagers have made building on what’s left of the mangroves part of their lives. Their work is supported by academics and donations to environmental groups, and government funds help train villagers to organize their efforts. The first time they came to the swamp for seasonal restoration work was more...
    CAMPERS at the Florida park where Brian Laundrie stayed with his parents just days before vanishing say they fear he may be hiding in the mangroves as a police hunt to find him continues. Laundrie, 23, visited Fort De Soto Park with his parents Chris and Roberta on September 6, days after he returned alone from a cross-country road trip with his fiance, Gabby Petito, who was later found murdered in Wyoming. 9The spot where the Laundries camped between September 6 and September 8, remained empty on MondayCredit: Backgrid for The US Sun 9Brian Laundrie's whereabouts are not known. He vanished days before Gabby Petito's remains were found in WyomingCredit: YouTube/ Nomadic Statik Laundrie's parents reported him missing to police on September 17th. Three days earlier, he allegedly told them he was going hiking at the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota but failed to return. Dog the Bounty Hunter has since joined the search to find Laundrie. On Tuesday, he claimed to have received a tip that Brian had never actually left Fort De Soto with his parents when...
    MIAMI.- Shelters for animals and natural barriers against hurricanes, mangroves are the natural solution for not so far Miami flooded by the rise in sea level predicted by specialists, hence the few that remain are protected and cleaned regularly by volunteers. Virginia Key, an islet in Biscayne Bay, preserves some of these rare tropical forests formed by botanical species that grow in the salt water that once populated the coasts of South Florida and that real estate development decimated. On the first weekend of each month, dozens of volunteers come to Virginia Key with gloves, buckets and bags to clean the mangroves of contamination by plastic and objects that the tide carries away and become trapped in their intricate vegetation, which acts as a “strainer.” natural. Volunteers organize to clean the mangroves at least once a month (.) A NATURAL FILTER “The mangroves are the most natural systems that exist to filter the waters,” Irela Bagué, appointed in 2020 responsible for the Bay of Biscay by the mayor of Miami-Dade, Daniella Levine Cava, told .. “Unfortunately,” says Bagué,...
    RIO DE JANEIRO. Nature is increasingly affected by humans. This not only affects the organisms that inhabit different ecosystems, but it also has an impact on people’s lives. Faced with this situation, Brazilian activists fight to care for and restore order in the mangroves. From the cleaning and the increase of vegetation in the affected areas, the volunteers and workers of the project seek to restore the natural balance, after the production of pollutants by urban growth. The Brazilian project Ojo Verde The Olho Verde project, which in Portuguese means “green eye”, is led by the biologist Mario Moscatelli, who has been in charge of aerially monitoring the oceanic bay of Guanabara, in order to remove garbage and human waste from the drainage, which flows into the aquifer zone. On the other hand, the initiative plans to reforest an area of ​​750 thousand square meters, with the aim of creating one of the largest mangrove gardens in the country, in addition to combating the high levels of carbon dioxide that cause global warming. The biologist...
    INDRAMAYU, Indonesia – Caked in mud up to their knees, a small group of Indonesian youngsters plant mangrove saplings along a stretch of exposed coastline next to the Java Sea under the watchful eye of local environmentalist Samsudin. A former school teacher, Samsudin has now dedicated his life to conservation and uses puppetry and storytelling to spread his message to the young about the importance of protecting mangroves in an area suffering massive coastal erosion. “To keep tides from hitting us, we plant mangroves, forests for animals and oxygen for us to live. I weave everything into my stories,” said Samsudin, 50, as he mused how some people in the area saw mangroves as a “nuisance” and would pull them out. Indonesia is home to over a fifth of the world’s mangrove forests, which naturally help keep out high tidal waters. But for years, coastal communities have chopped down trees to clear the way for fish and shrimp farms and for rice paddies. Samsudin teaches local children aged 11 to 15 three times a week about how to look after...
    (CNN)Two fishermen brought home a bigger catch than they were expecting when they rescued a naked fugitive from a crocodile-infested mangrove in northern Australia. Cam Faust and Kevin Joiner were in a small boat laying crab traps in East Point, a suburb in the city of Darwin on Sunday, when they heard someone calling for help, according to CNN affiliate 9News. "We heard this faint like 'ahhh, ahhhh' -- (I said) to me mate 'is that guy saying help?' So we got a bit closer and said 'I can see you,'" Faust told 9News. The pair then noticed Luke Voskresensky, 40, who was naked and clinging to a tree. He had swollen feet, cuts all over his body and was covered in mud, 9News reported. Voskresensky was wanted for allegedly breaching bail over an armed robbery. He broke free from an ankle bracelet that was monitoring his whereabouts days prior, according to 9News. Read MoreThe two men told 9News that Voskresensky had been living in the mangrove for four days. He begged them for water and told the pair that...
    (CNN)Brazil has revoked key regulations protecting its tropical mangroves, a move fiercely criticized by environmental and climate groups. The National Environment Council, known as Conama, voted Monday to overturn the measures that had defined the ecosystems along Brazil's coastline as "permanent preservation areas" and restricted commercial development projects. Environment Minister Ricardo Salles defended the move and said the changes provided greater "balance" in order to protect the environment. Tens of thousands of fires are pushing the Amazon to a tipping point"This government is concerned with the environment, with people and with sustainable economic development," Salles told CNN affiliate CNN Brasil during an interview Monday. "You can't create legislation that is so excessive that it asphyxiates the economic sector completely."Mangroves are trees and shrubs that grow along tropical coastlines. They are rooted underwater in salty sediments, thriving in conditions few other plants can withstand. They tend to have large root systems that protect coastal areas from erosion and act as a bridge between the ocean and land. They are a home to numerous species of sea birds and are considered "nursery...
    Mangrove forests could drown under rising seas by 2050 if more is not done to curb greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study. Scientists examined sediment data from 78 mangrove ecosystems from the past 10,000 years, discovering that mangroves are more likely to die out if sea level rise rates exceed 0.23 inches, or nearly 6 millimeters, according to their paper published in the journal Science on Thursday. Experts believe that amount could likely be exceeded by 2050. These ecosystems, which are key for the protection of coastal areas from different tropical storms, also provide a habitat for many organisms, including algae, barnacles, oysters, sponges and bryozoans. “If they disappear, there’s going to be imbalances in the number of fish and other species that rely on them,” co-author Erica Ashe, a postdoctoral scientist at Rutgers University, told Earther. Risong Bay Mangroves in Micronesia, Palau.Getty Images “And that could have effects on other species, even ones that actually aren’t sheltered by these mangroves because when the levels of different species change, that can affect the entire system,” Ashe added. In...
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