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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Say Goodbye to Mangroves

According to FAO, mangroves are declining:

The results of the trend analyses indicate that the current mangrove area worldwide has now fallen below 15 million hectares, down from 19.8 million ha in 1980. The world has thus lost 5 million ha of mangroves over the last twenty years, or 25 percent of the extent found in 1980.

If the mangroves go, then so do the breeding grounds for many fish species, setting off a 'domino effect' of ecosystem collapse. Fun, fun, fun.

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