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How We Can Help Save the Pacific Kelp Forests


This morning on This Green Earth, Dr.Enric Sala, a National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence and author of the forthcoming book THE NATURE OF NATURE, talks about Pacific Kelp Forests. Often referred to as the “redwoods of the sea”, these underwater forests have shown to have a wide variety of positive impacts ranging from purifying water for marine life, serving as a protective nursery for young species, reducing coastal erosion and even lowering methane emissions when fed to cows. But, a combination of a marine heat waves, pollution and overfishing has wiped out more than 90 percent of kelp in certain areas of California. Dr. Sala discusses how we can reduce those risks by making more space for nature and natural habitat.