Green Seas: The lungs of the Earth

Green Seas: The lungs of the Earth

It is often said that tropical rainforests are the lungs of the Earth, but this is only part of the ufabet story.

Green Seas: The lungs of the Earth

Green Seas: The lungs of the Earth

The oceans play an even greater role in regulating the levels of oxygen and the greenhouse gas carbondioxide in the atmosphere. Marine life, including the tiniest plantlike organisms in the phytoplankton, produce almost half the oxygen on the planet and absorbs a third of the carbon dioxide emitted since the Industrial Revolution.

Up to 70 per cent of that carbondioxide is captured and stored by seagrass meadows, salt marshes and mangroves or recycled by kelp forests, yet these ‘blue forests’, as they are known, cover less than 0.5 percent of the Earth’s surface.

They may be small but they are vital to the health of our planet, and they are under threat. Rising sea levels and widespread ยูฟ่าเบท coastal development, to name just two pressures, are squeezing out Earth’s other lung.

UNESCO has warned that this will magnify existing environmental stresses, jeopardise food security, trigger conflict over resources, and contribute to the loss of livelihood for countless millions of people.

This is how vital the health of every kelp forest, mangrove swamp, seagrass meadow and bloom of phytoplankton is to us and to the rest of life on our planet.