Anthropocene brings some of the best minds to bear on tough questions about the future of the Earth’s largest ecosystems: Should nations farm their EEZs—and how can they do it ecologically? Are there economically viable ways to harvest plastic waste? Can we cultivate acid- and heat-resilient coral reefs?
If coastal cities planted clam beds along the urban edge, they could save millions in nitrogen clean-up costs
That more diverse an aquatic area, the more nutrients make it to our plates
Replacing wild-caught fish with lab-grown seafood is more complex than it may at first appear
Big fish sinking to the bottom of the sea could sequester millions of tons of carbon
Should the U.S. cultivate giant offshore fish farms in its piece of the sea or keep taking most of the fish we eat from foreign waters?
Researchers calculated that mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass meadows store roughly the equivalent of the annual carbon emissions of France—with an estimated value of $190 billion per year.
On the southwest coast of the England, near the town of Lyme Regis, scientists found that fish populations boomed when reefs were protected, even though some kinds of fishing continued.
Like it or not, retreat from the coasts has begun. The only question left is whether it will be managed or chaotic.