Potential of seagrass in combating climate change

29 May 2015

Seagrass ecosystems could play a key role in combating climate change, researchers at the University of York have discovered.

The marine flowering plant also helps sustain abundant sea life and protects shorelines around the world from coastal erosion.

Yet with seagrass habitats suffering rapid global decline and despite the plant's huge potential; there are currently no functioning seagrass restoration or conservation projects.

Due to their shallow coastal habitat the aquatic plant is particularly prone to human disturbance - globally 24 per cent of seagrass species are now classified as threatened or near threatened.

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