A paper published by the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) highlights greenhouse gas exchanges in Pichavaram mangrove forest. The forest acts as a modest carbon sink, but under certain conditions – like high temperature, low rainfall, and high salinity – it releases more carbon than it can absorb. As global temperatures rise, these conditions become more prevalent, resulting in a cycle of increased emissions from forests like Pichavaram. Mangroves that sequester four to five times more carbon than terrestrial forests are crucial to combating global warming. It is thus essential to prioritise their conservation.
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Edited by: Ms Sangeetha Rajeesh
With inputs from Dr Ramasubramanian R, Senior Fellow – Coastal Research Systems
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.