Restoring ocean life

The future of carbon offsetting lies beyond saltmarshes, seagrass and mangroves

Removing several hundred billion tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere is now considered necessary to avert the worst effects of climate change. Image: Unsplash/Bre Smith

Phil Williamson
Honorary Reader, University of East Anglia
Jean-Pierre Gattuso
Research Professor, CNRS, Iddri, Sorbonne Université
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Burrowing organisms disturb and mix younger and older layers, causing errors in the carbon dating process.
Burrowing organisms disturb and mix younger and older layers, causing errors in the carbon dating process. Image: Stephanie Nolte/University of East Anglia

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Turning an oil palm plantation back into a mangrove forest or flooding a coastal area to make a saltmarsh should help the land accumulate carbon.
Turning an oil palm plantation back into a mangrove forest or flooding a coastal area to make a saltmarsh should help the land accumulate carbon. Image: Judith Rosentreter/Southern Cross University
Mediterranean seagrass encrusted with coralline algae and worms with carbonate shells.
Shelled worms and coralline algae produce CO₂ when making their calcium carbonate covering. Image: David Luquet/CNRS & Sorbonne Université
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