Magic Of Mangroves: The Plant That Sequesters More CO2 Than Rainforests

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Aside from storing carbon dioxide in themselves, mangroves can sequester more carbon dioxide than the average tree thanks to their unique roots. First, their roots have microbial mats that constantly take in CO2 from the air to make oxygen. Second, their roots produce acids that break down limestone and turn the released CO2 into carbonate (a type of salt) that prevents it from being released into the atmosphere. Thanks to these properties, Vietnam has offset five years of carbon emissions after replanting their mangrove forests. Read full article here

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