Cleaning Up Coastal Habitats

By Valerie Smock
10/3/2013 11:45:15 AM

You may be wanting to clean up your yards, but how about the environment? Coastal habitats are seeing destruction, but there are ways to fix the problem. Valerie Smock explains.

I'm sure many people are out and about attempting to clean up their yards as the leaves have started to fall. Did you ever think about the importance of cleaning up the environments as well? What about the coastlines?

Destruction of coastal habitats may release as much as 1 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year, 10 times higher than previously reported, according to a new Duke-led study.

The coastal ecosystems are only 6 percent of the land area covered by tropical forest, but the emissions from their destruction are nearly one-fifth of those attributed to deforestation worldwide. Roughly 2 acres of coastal marsh can contain the same amount of carbon as 488 cars produce in a year.

There are ways to help curb the problem. Economic incentives are in place for people who are creating programs to clean up and reduce greenhouse gases in the future.