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Let's Start Caring About Seagrass Like We Care About The Rainforest

Let's Start Caring About Seagrass Like We Care About The Rainforest | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
Seagrass is disappearing at the same rate as the rainforest and coral reefs. The loss equals serious environmental and economic effects.
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Seagrass and kelp form critical habitats within marine ecosystems.  Both grow in shallow water, and both are important recyclers of nutrients.  Compared to terrestrial vegetation, we know little about these vegetation types.  Biogeographers have mapped general distributions, but they have not made detailed maps of species associations.

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Another Reason to Save Sea Otters: They’re Helping Fight Climate Change

Another Reason to Save Sea Otters: They’re Helping Fight Climate Change | GarryRogers Biosphere News | Scoop.it
The imperiled marine mammals preserve kelp forests, which absorb carbon from the atmosphere.
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The decline of Sea Otters reminds us that large animals play a large role in Earth ecosystems.  Unfortunately, the new human regime has hit them hardest.  Losing the ecosystem regulators probably accelerates the extinction of smaller species.

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