The scientists fighting to save the ocean’s most important carbon capture system

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: July 5

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: Washington, DC

Publisher: The Washington Post

Author(s): Lucy Sherriff

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The population of kelp forests, which help clean the air, has fallen dramatically. That has environmentalists worried.

Frank Hurd gently parted the curtains of giant kelp that reached upward through the cold waters of the North Pacific, looking for signs of life.

Kelp forests cover a quarter of the world’s coastlines, stretching from Antarctica to Australia, Mexico to Alaska, providing food and shelter for thousands of species, while sucking carbon from the atmosphere. But over the past decade, thanks to warming waters and overfishing, they’re disappearing.

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