Posts Tagged Wetlands

Local environmental news: Govt moves to protect 136 land, marine spaces…

In keeping with my local/Caribbean news updates, here’s an article from one of our local (Trinidad & Tobago) newspapers last week regarding a new protected areas initiative. Read all about it here: https://newsday.co.tt/2019/06/24/govt-moves-to-protect-136-land-marine-spaces/?fbclid=IwAR0GSBDLxVzJE7Oi9ITvmVy7vWm5KAejQjjlG84RsRWj04UXaFd2vXe0U0c Advertisements

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Great Icacos Lagoon dries up…

On Trinidad’s southern coast there’s a beautiful wetland called Great Icacos, however, with this year’s exceptionally harsh dry season, all of it has dried up. The initiative has been taken by the area’s councillor to clean the wetlands with volunteers… Hopefully we’ll have a much better wet season later this year, with more wildlife visiting […]

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As sea level rises, wetlands crank up their carbon storage…

Summary: Some wetlands perform better under pressure. A new study revealed that when faced with sea-level rise, coastal wetlands respond by burying even more carbon in their soils… Visit science daily for this article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190306131401.htm

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Mangrove Patches Deserve Greater Recognition No Matter the Size…

Governments must provide stronger protection for crucial small mangrove patches, is the call led by scientists at international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London), which hosts the IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group, in a letter published in Science today (18 January 2019)… Read the full article here at enn.com: https://www.enn.com/articles/56459-mangrove-patches-deserve-greater-recognition-no-matter-the-size

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As Seas Rise, Americans Use Nature to Fight Worsening Erosion…

A report from climatecentral.org: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/americans-use-nature-to-fight-erosion-sea-level-rise-21884

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World Wetlands Day, February 2nd…

(from Wikipedia) World Wetlands Day occurs annually on February 2nd, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971… Read about World Wetlands Day at these sites: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wetlands_Day http://www.worldwetlandsday.org/ https://www.ramsar.org/activity/world-wetlands-day-2018

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Why the World’s Rivers Are Losing Sediment and Why It Matters – Yale E360… 

Intro: Vast amounts of river-borne sediment are trapped behind the world’s large dams, depriving areas downstream of material that is badly needed to build up the marshes and wetlands that act as a buffer against rising seas…  Read about it here @ Yale Environment 360 – http://e360.yale.edu/features/why-the-worlds-rivers-are-losing-sediment-and-why-it-matters

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Protecting Ocean Waters Will Aid Climate Adaptation | Climate Central… 

An environmental news update from climatecentral.org: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/protecting-ocean-waters-climate-adaptation-21515

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Can We Find the World’s Remaining Peatlands in Time to Save Them? – Yale E360… 

An environmental report from Yale Environment 360: http://e360.yale.edu/features/can-we-discover-worlds-remaining-peatlands-in-time-to-save-them

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World wetlands day 2017…

World wetlands day is celebrated on 2nd February every year. Source: whc.unesco.org 

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Coastal wetlands excel at storing carbon… 

New analysis supports mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows as effective climate buffers…  Read more at sciencedaily.com: Coastal wetlands excel at storing carbon

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Scientists discover world’s largest tropical peatland in remote Congo swamps… 

Summary from sciencedaily.com:  A vast peatland in the Congo Basin has been mapped for the first time, revealing it to be the largest in the tropics. The new study found that the Cuvette Centrale peatlands in the central Congo Basin, which were unknown to exist five years ago, cover 145,500 square kilometres — an area […]

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Human Impacts on Mangrove Wetland Systems in Trinidad and Tobago…

 

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The Trinidad & Tobago Field Naturalists Club – 125 Years…

The Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists (founded in 1891) have devoted the past 125 years to the study and exploration of Trinidad and Tobago’s natural heritage. Today the Club is still dedicating its knowledge and expertise to the field, welcoming the nature lover, student, scientist, or just the enormously curious to its many activities year […]

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A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast…

Summary, from Yale environment 360… The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems that will serve as a natural barrier against future killer waves and storms… This article was published on 4 December […]

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Satellite Data Reveals State of the World’s Mangrove Forests…

from wri.org… Many coastal communities rely on mangroves for food, forest products and tourism revenue, and the forests provide a natural coastline defense to storm surges by reducing wave and wind velocity. New analysis relies on satellite data to survey the state of these important ecosystems… Read the article here: Satellite Data Reveals State of […]

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OPINION: The Future of Wetlands, the Future of Waterbirds – an Intercontinental Connection…

“To mark the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention – an intergovernmental agreement seeking to protect wetlands of international importance – the 2nd of February each year is celebrated as “World Wetlands Day” which is a significant event in the calendar of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) too. […]

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What are wetlands?…

According to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, wetlands are defined as, “areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres”.  Wetlands are […]

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