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Jennifer Weeks, writing for The Conversation, compiles a list of  five articles that discuss issues related to protecting the wetlands.

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These five articles from our archive highlight wetlands’ diversity and the potential payoffs from conserving and restoring them.

  1. Soaking up floodwaters : Wetlands line coasts in many parts of the world. They act as natural sponges that soak up floodwaters and absorb force from storm surges, protecting communities further inland.
  2. Carbon-rich mud: Wetlands store large quantities of carbon in plant tissue and soils.
  3. ‘Blue carbon’ banks: Mangrove forests, which grow in salt water in tropical regions, are especially effective at locking up “blue carbon” – so called to distinguish it from “green” carbon storage on land.
  4. Mangroves versus marshes: Villanova University biologist Samantha Chapman has found that mangroves are becoming more abundant in these areas, moving into zones formerly dominated by salt marshes, which typically are found in cooler zones.
  5. Small streams, big roles: Colorado State University geoscientist Ellen Wohl explains, a lot happens in these small tributaries and isolated wetlands that affects the larger rivers downstream.

Read the full article about protecting the world's wetlands by Jennifer Weeks at The Conversation