SHRUBS IN SWAMPS CAN OFFSET CLIMATE CHANGE
Straddling the line where sea meets land, the stilt-like mangrove is an unlikely superhero. Found in the tropics from South America to Asia, from Africa to New Zealand, mangroves flourish where most plants perish. They withstand baking heat, low-oxygen soils, and regular submersion by salt water. Mangroves act as bulwarks to incoming waves, preventing coastal erosion. They are also highly effective natural sinks for carbon, in some cases capturing up to six times more carbon per hectare than undisturbed rainforests.