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Australia’s carbon sink releases millions of tonnes of CO2!

Oct 02, 2019 15:10 IST

Australia’s mangroves and seagrass meadows absorb almost 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. However, the degradation of these “vegetated coastal ecosystems” means that these carbon sinks are releasing tonnes of carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, reveals that heatwaves, storm and other human activities damage these coastal ecosystems, further contributing to climate change.