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Will Seagrass Be Our Saviour?

Seagrass is now being explored as a new and natural way to combat climate change.

We've used the planting of trees for many years as a way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, however, it has now been discovered that seagrass may be a far more efficient and faster way of reducing our planets Co2 levels. The World Wildlife Foundation(WWF), several UK universities and scientists from across the UK have shown great support for the new plans with Dr Unsworth explaining the miraculous effects of seagrass on marine life; ''It's incredibly productive and just sucks carbon into the sediments, traps particles that are locked there for millennia''.

It is estimated that over 92% of the seagrass that once to line the UKs coast has now disappeared within the last century and that this shallow water plant has been declining globally at a rate of about 7%, a year since 1990. This has understandably had grave effects on marine life as well as global warming in general.

Experts have now begun work on planting a million seagrass seeds around an area of Welsh coastline, in an attempt to prove how planting a 20,00 square metre field underwater will hugely benefit local wildlife and fisheries.

What's So Special About Seagrass?

  • It takes carbon from the atmosphere up to 35 times faster than tropical rainforests
  • It accounts for 10% of annual ocean carbon storage globally, despite only making up 0.2% of the seafloor
  • It protects coasts from coastal erosion
  • It is a habitat for many types of fish like cod, plaice and pollock
  • It produces oxygen
  • It cleans the ocean by absorbing polluting nutrients