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Seagrasses are Vital to Ocean Health

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  • When Art Is a 'Necessity'
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  • 10 Points About Race and Policing in the U.S.
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Seagrasses are Vital to Ocean Health
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A seagrass meadow surrounds a tropical island along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea. Seagrasses in these shallow coastal waters are vital habitats for marine life and are critical to the health of the ocean. One-fifth of the world’s largest fisheries use seagrass for nurseries. Humans, too, rely on these ecosystems for their livelihoods. Seagrasses also help communities adapt to and mitigate climate change by storing Earth-warming carbon in their soils and serving as a buffer against waves and storms. Pew is partnering with several nations to integrate coastal wetlands and coral reefs into their plans to build resilience to climate change.

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Belize Shows How Healthy Mangroves Can Help

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Mangrove forests are some of the most important ecosystems on our planet. Mangroves protect coastlines from the full impacts of waves and storm surges, provide nursery and feeding grounds for myriad species, and help mitigate climate change by storing three to five times more carbon in their soil per acre than other tropical forests.

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Nature-Based Solutions Can Help Rebuild Economies After COVID-19

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The world is facing unprecedented challenges in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, with millions affected by the loss of lives and livelihoods. The effects of this global pandemic, which has uprooted conventional economic activities and societal norms, are compounded by the impacts of climate change—and 2020 is on track to be the warmest year on record.


Seagrass Protections Can Lead to Big Wins for Our Ocean, People, and Governments

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In the coastal waters across much of our planet are meadows of seagrass that are critical to the health of our ocean. Seagrasses evolved millions of years ago when flowering plants on land took up residence in the sea.

A History of Progress and Results Planning, Preparation, and Purpose
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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

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