Mangroves will disappear by 2050

It seems inevitable. It is? Mangrove trees are valuable coastal ecosystems in warm climates. You will not survive sea level rise until 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced. The calculation is based on a study published in the journal Science. Mangroves will disappear by 2050

Mangroves store large amounts of carbon. They help protect the coasts and provide a habitat for fish and other species. A team led by Macquarie University in Australia assessed their chances of survival based on rising sea levels. He used sediment data from the past 10,000 years.

Mangroves will disappear by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to prevent the sea from rising.
Mangroves will disappear by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to prevent the sea from rising.
Don't let the sea rise

According to this estimate, something happened when the rates exceeded 6 millimeters per year. These are the estimates calculated for the sea rise in 2050. It was very likely that the mangroves stopped in rhythm with the rising water level. They survive when the sea level rise is less than 5 millimeters per year. That will happen when the scenario of this century is low in emissions.

“In high emission scenarios, the sea level rise on many tropical coasts will exceed 7 millimeters per year. There is a 6.2 percent chance that mangroves will be able to continue growing. "The conclusion comes from a statement by co-author Erica Ashe. He is a PhD student at the Department of Earth Sciences at Rutgers University – New Brunswick." The loss of these mangrove ecosystems would be terrible. It would cause an increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. "

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There are around 80 mangrove species. They grow in tropical and subtropical areas. Mangroves stabilize the coast and reduce erosion due to storm surges, currents, waves and tides. The mangrove root system makes forests attractive to fish and other organisms. In the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary alone, mangroves cover more than 2,700 kilometers of coastline.

Life thrives in mangrove formations.
Life thrives in mangrove formations.

The study included 78 locations. It was examined how mangroves reacted when the sea level rise decreased. From 10 millimeters a year 10,000 years ago to almost stable conditions 4,000 years later. Carbon storage helped reduce greenhouse gas levels.

Mangroves naturally move inland if they cannot build vertically. Coastal developments are already largely hindering this movement. The results show how important it is to mitigate the extent of the rapid rise in sea level. If not, the mangroves will disappear by 2050 and we will all regret it.

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