Scientists all at sea in bid to save ocean meadows that could ...

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Scientists all at sea in bid to save ocean meadows that could save us

Seagrasses ‘store more than twice as much carbon as forests do’, but we are losing a soccer field’s worth every 30 minutes

Alessandra Prentice and Christophe Van Der Perre

Hundreds of kilometres from the nearest shore, ribbon-like fronds flutter in the ocean currents sweeping across an underwater mountain plateau the size of Switzerland.

A remote-powered camera glides through the sunlit, turquoise waters of this corner of the western Indian Ocean, capturing rare footage of what scientists believe is the world’s largest seagrass meadow.

Human activity is helping destroy the equivalent of a soccer field of these seagrasses every 30 minutes around the world, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and scientists are now racing to take stock of what remains...

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